Artichoke and Hawthorn Bar for cholesterol
(Recipe from the BBC’s Grow Your Own Drugs – James Wong)
1 litre water
475 g hawthorn berries
225 g sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of 1 lime
1. Chop the artichokes, place in a saucepan, cover with the water and boil for 10 minutes, or until cooked. Remove from the heat, then leave to steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl.
2. Heat the oven to 100C.
3. Place the artichoke infusion, hawthorn berries, sugar and cinnamon stick in a pan, and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture is soft. Take out the cinnamon stick and blend in a liquidizer with the lime juice, then pour into greased, lined baking trays to a thickness of about 1 cm.
4. Dry in the heated oven for 2-3 hours.(Check after 2 hours; you want it to be chewy but not too tough.) Leave to cool, slice into bite-sized pieces.
Please note: If high blood cholesterol is suspected, you must see a doctor. This recipe may be used in addition to, not as a substitute for, proper medical treatment. If you are on other heart medication you don’t eat hawthorn berries. The remedy is not suitable if you are diabetic.
Storage: Keep in greaseproof paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.