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Whitethorn Rose

from Huckleberry Hill Farms

In the right hands, Whitethorn Rose’s pillowy nugs make absolutely world-class hash.

When the California Leaf Magazine team met to discuss the perfect strain to feature for our annual Concentrates Issue, we had one goal: find a top-tier finished-flower version of a strain known for making amazing hash. 

The ideas started flowing. “GMO,” one person exclaimed. “Papaya!“

As we searched for well-known hash strains in amazing finished-flower form, it turned out that not many people were curing and packaging traditionally hyper-washable flower. Instead, they were sending it off to get turned into hash. Imagine that!

We racked our brains for another round and it turned out the perfect cultivar was making a whole lot of noise right under our noses. Enter the Whitethorn Rose from Huckleberry Hill Farms

A vibrant, snappy cross of Paradise Punch and Lemon OG – cultivated under the Southern Humboldt sun by legacy legend John Casali and his partner, Rose Moberly – this gorgeous, deep purple flower fills the largest of rooms with a punchy terpene profile of electrified Orange Tang, lavender, earth and pastry dough. No joke, when you open a jar you might find yourself resisting the urge to just straight up eat this weed. (It’s so impactful, that when I busted it out while seshing with one of the nation’s most respected genetics hunters, he asked me to make an introduction to the grower.)

In the right hands, Whitethorn Rose’s pillowy nugs make absolutely world-class hash. At this year’s Emerald Cup awards in Los Angeles, the team at Heritage Hash Co. in Mendocino took home the first place award in the Ice Water Hash category, and second place in the Rosin category for the solventless they made from the Huckleberry Hill cultivar (see our profile of Heritage Hash Co.’s head hashmaker Cherry Blossom Belle on page 33.

That said, we hope Casali and Moberly never decide to send their entire Whitethorn Rose harvest to wash for hash – the flower is just too damn good. Which reminds me: It’s time to go roll up a hash hole of Whitethorn Rose flower with Whitethorn Rose rosin. We highly recommend you do the same. 

This article was originally published in the July 2022 issue of California Leaf.

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