The impressive hawthorn of Zominthos


In the archaeological site of Zominthos (Psiloritis/Crete) there is a particular hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)  which stands at a height of 12 meters. It is really impressive considering that its family usually grows like shrubs or small trees. Since it is the tallest known example of its species in Greece, it  has been declared as a “Listed natural monument”.

I am curious if the fruits of this tree had ever been used as food. Wild foods were traditionally important as a supplement to the diet (particularly during times of scarcity) and small hawthorns have quite edible fruits, which can be made into  jams and liquors. Also, the dry fruits were ground to powder and used as a flour substitute in times of starvation.


does anyone have information about the fruits of Zominthos’ hawthorn?





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