Last summer, I camped out near Provo, Utah along the Spanish Fork River. There were a number of River Hawthorne Trees full of berries there, so I grabbed some and brought them back to Colorado. I thought it would be fun to make berry cakes in the way Native Americans once did.
Hawthorne berries tend to be mildy sweet and rather mealy. When pounded into cakes and sun dried, they become much sweeter and quite tasty. In a survival situation, this is the best way to preserve them as a long term food source. They can also be pounded into jerky to make pemmican.
About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)