Hawthorn is a deciduous flowering shrub in the rose family that is widely distributed throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere. In the wild, it is typically found in thickets and woodland settings. In cultivation, hawthorn is grown as a hedge plant.
The fruit of the shrub, which are called haws, are abundant in vitamin C and potent antioxidant compounds known as oligomeric procyanidins. The powdered berry is convenient to add to foods and beverages or to encapsulate as a dietary supplement.
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