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    Mayhaws - my favorite source of fruit for jelly when I ws a kid...

    ...and I bet most of you never heard of it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayhaw

    Mayhaws grow in only a few areas of the South. One of those areas is one of my old stompin' grounds - Caddo Lake.

    The TV commercial for cranberries (with the man and his son up to their knees in water with cranberries floating around them) reminds me a lot of where we harvested mayhaws. I would suggest an image search for mayhaws to get an idea of what they look like and where they're found.

    We used to collect them from a swampy area each Spring - usually around May. My mother would make jelly from the berries and seal it in Mason jars. Usually she would make at least 30 jars and that would last us all year.

    I haven't had Mayhaw jelly in about 40 years. Now the only kind o9f Jelly I east is strawberry and that comes from the store.
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    As a kid, going to my grandparents outside of Stephenville, my favorite was Mustang Grape Jelly. We would look for Mustang grapes driving along side the highways, all two lanes back during those days. I remember always finding those grapes along side the Brazos near the bridges. The grapes weren't that good to eat, but Granny sure made good jelly from them.
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    The wild grapes we had in East Texas were called muscadine.

    They weren't big enough to eat but some folks made some pretty good wine with them.

    America's First Grape: The Muscadine
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    You can get "store bought" Mayhaw Jelly on line at the Cajun Grocery Ole Homestead Mayhaw Jelly
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    Interesting. What does the Mayhaw fruit taste like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissKitty View Post
    Interesting. What does the Mayhaw fruit taste like?
    I've never eaten just the fruit. The jelly is made with sugar so it's sweeter than the berries.
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    The flavor is awesome, like sweet apple with overtones of mango and an aroma of pineapple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOONDAWG View Post
    The flavor is awesome, like sweet apple with overtones of mango and an aroma of pineapple.
    Wow. You have better taste buds than I do.
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    That sounds good! When I was a kid, the only wild fruit we had were black berries and wild raspberries. You had to get to them before the birds did.
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    My granny made me go with her to pick blackberries. ( Early I used to eat more than save for her to make Jam and Jelly) I just remember we usually found snakes in the bushes near them. She carried a hoe, that she sharpened annually to take care of snakes. You could have shaved with it. But she feared NO SNAKE!

    Gee that Jam and jelly was so so good.



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