Hawthorn Leaf and Flower as well as the berries are quite edible and in fact are found in many different cuisines throughout the world. It is an ingredient in several different Chinese and Mexican confections; in northern Mexico, Hawthorn Fruit is dried, ground up like wildcrafted herbs and mixed with sugar and chili powder (!) to make tejecote paste, the basis of a candy called rielitos. Sliced Hawthorn Leaf and Flower can be eaten in salads as well. Studies regarding the health benefits of cut Hawthorn Leaf and Flower have been inconclusive.