Homemade Hawthorn Berry Ketchup - Larder Love (2024)


The hedgerows here are packed with hawthorn, those gleaming red berries. What better than to make Homemade Hawthorn Berry Ketchup with such bounty. It’s just like an all natural version of that Great British classic HP Sauce!

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Homemade Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

Autumn bounty just cries out to be preserved and what better than to make natural versions of shop bought classics. This Homemade Hawthorn Ketchup is just like HP Sauce. My own take on a real classic. Just perfect on a bacon roll.

This past weekend brought a day of perfect Autumnal sunshine on Sunday. It was such a change from the wet and windy weather we’ve been having that I was out of the house like a shot clutching my camera and wandering the lanes.

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The golds of Autumn were everywhere, but what kept catching my eye were the cheery red Hawthorn berries dotting the hedgerow like little rubies glinting in the sun.

What are hawthorn berries?

Hawthorn is actually part of the rose family, just like rosehips found on wild dog roses. You can make use of the entire plant from the leaves to the sppring blossoms and of course the hawthorn berries, or haws as they are often called.

Hawthorn berries are incredibly good for you as they are packed with nutrients and antioxidents. Check out this article on the health benefits of hawthorn berries.

Haws aren’t the sort of berry you can graze on as you walk the lanes. You’d rather choke on their rock hard innards and bitter taste. However gather these little gems and take them home for cooking and you have a treat in store.

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Needless to say I had left the house unarmed with any sort of bag for collecting. I couldn’t miss this chance to make the most of the bounty so made use of the pouch pocket in the front of my less than glamorous sweatshirt.

I plucked and picked my way along the lanes and headed home with an outline not unlike that of a mothering kangaroo.

On emptying my pouch I found I had 500g of hawthorn berry goodness. Now what could I do with them?

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Homemade Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

I immediately thought of chutney but dismissed this one as I’d used up all the dried fruit the other day and hadn’t replaced it yet. How about just almost making chutney and having it as a Hawthorn Ketchup instead.

A spicy sauce, something deep and fruity and rich – a bit like HP sauce in fact. For non-UK residents, HP sauce is a spicy and fruity brown sauce, a bit like chutney ketchup really.

I was determined right there and then to try to make my own version of HP sauce using hawthorn berries as my base. Come on, doesn’t everyone do this on a Sunday afternoon?

How to make your own homemade Hawthorn Ketchup

It was a case of boiling up 300ml cider vinegar and the same amount of water with my haws until they were tender, this took me about 35 minutes.

Then I pressed them through my trusty old Muolie grinder (a sieve and wooden spoon would do but I do like playing with my old kitchen toys now and then) and returned the pulp to the pan.

Then added in 175g of light brown sugar and the following spices; 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, ground ginger and grated nutmeg.

Also a pinch each of ground cloves, ground allspice berries, and black pepper.

I brought it slowly back to the boil letting the sugar dissolve completely first and then boiled for about 5 minutes.

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How much ketchup does this make?

This just made enough for one 350ml bottle of hawthorn berry ketchup but boy was it worth it.

How long will this ketchup last?

Your hawthorn bery ketchup will keep for about 6 months in a cool cupboard. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a month.

How to serve hawthorn berry ketchup

This ketchup is perfect on a bacon roll or with burgers. Anywhere that you would use a spicy brown sauce like HP sauce.

Here I’ve used it on a slice of toasted French bread with corned beef and some salad. It will lift the humblest of cold meats to new levels of tastiness.

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Looking for more fun Autumnal foraging ideas for your larder? Then check these out before you go;

Rowan and rosemary jelly

Blackberry/Bramble Chutney

Spiced Crab Apple Jelly With Whisky

Homemade Rosehip Syrup

Blackberry and apple Gin

Rosehip vinegar

Sweet and sour pickled blackberries

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Homemade Hawthorn Berry Ketchup

Karon Grieve

This super spicy homemade hawthorn ketchup tastes just like that Great British classic HP Sauce!

4.19 from 22 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 40 minutes mins

Total Time 50 minutes mins

Course preserves

Cuisine British

Servings 17 servings

Calories 64 kcal


  • 500 g hawthorn berries
  • 300 g apple cider vinegar
  • 300 g water
  • 175 g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp each of salt ground ginger and grated nutmeg
  • pinch each of ground cloves allspice and black pepper

MetricUS Customary


  • Cook the hawthorn berries in the vinegar and water at a simmer for approx 35 minutes until tender.

  • Press through a sieve with wooden spoon or use a veggie grinder.

  • Return the pulp to the pan and add all other ingredients.

  • Warm to dissolve sugar and then boil for 5 minutes.

  • Pour into a sterilised bottle.


This makes 1 x 350ml bottle of hawthorn berry ketchup and I measured a serving as 1 tablespoon.

The ketchup will keep for up to 6 months in a cool dark place. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a month.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 75mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 176IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

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