Chinese Haw (Crataegus pinnatifida)

Chinese haw is just one of the many species in the hawthorn group of fruits (Crataegus genus). It is found mainly in China and Korea.

Chinese haw is a small fruit, about the size of a small crabapple. It is red and dotted with numerous small light brown spots. There are four to five odd shape seeds, clustering mostly in the center of the fruit.

It can be eaten out of hand. It has a mealy texture and tastes slightly bitter and sour. The skin is edible but it is even more bitter. There is also the jar version where the fruits are preserved in sweet syrup.

During winter, the candied version is extremely popular in Northern China. About ten fruits are skewed on a bamboo skewer and coated with boiled, hardened sugar. Needless to say, it is very sweet!

Chinese haw is traditionally used in improving blood circulation and as digestive aid, among the several medicinal usages.

Subfamily: Maoideae (Apple Subfamily).
The same subfamily with apples and pears.