Crataegus azarolus

Orange and yellow azarole fruits displayed alongside common haws, sloes and jujubes.

Crataegus azarolus is a species of hawthorn known by the common names azarole, azerole, and Mediterranean medlar. It is native to the Mediterranean Basin and is a common plant there, growing on sites comparable to those the European common hawthorn grows on. In the Arabic-speaking countries it is the commonest of the hawthorn species; in the Arabic language the term "common hawthorn" means the azarole hawthorn. When growing in the wild the azerole bears plentiful crops of haw fruits, which are similar to the haws of the European common hawthorn, but plumper.

C. azarolus is often divided into subspecies or varieties, for example Christensen in his monograph[1] uses four varieties:

C. azarolus has been used historically for a number of medicinal purposes.[3]

Botanical illustration from Duhamel du Monceau, H.L. 1768. Traité des arbres fruitiers

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  1. ^ a b Christensen, K.I. (1992) Revision of Crataegus sect. Crataegus and nothosect. Crataeguineae (Rosaceae-Maloideae) in the Old World. The American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
  2. ^ Plants for a Future PFAF (page 1)
  3. ^ Ljubuncic, P., et al. (2005). Antioxidant activity of Crataegus aronia aqueous extract used in traditional Arab medicine in Israel. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 101:1 153-61.
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