I should have mentioned that the hawthorn berries are at their best when the bright red colour has darkened a bit. I store them in the freezer and they will keep good well over a year.The berries are a potent herbal medicine for many heart complaints. High or low blood pressure (this unbelievable normalising ability is due to it strengthening the heart ,and the cleansing and strengthening of the arteries) A lot of heart complaints arise from stress and worry, and hawthorn is known to relieve stress, and is totally safe. The daily dose is to drink the juice strained from from about 20 berries brought to the boil in cupful of water. Burst the berries (not the stones)with a masher to extract all the juice.