Driving the Texas highways (which is my neck of the woods), there are often vegetable stands in the spring and summer that tempt me to stop to peruse their offerings. Still, I was surprised to see a truck at a highway intersection in midwinter offering Mahaw jelly. When the man waved at me, I decided it was a worthy chance to stretch my legs after six hours of driving. As you can see, I also fell for the jelly!
As he battled the wind to stand upright, the vendor told me that a “mayhaw” is a berry from a particular Hawthorne tree that grows in “low-lying” areas (read that as “swamp”). The fruit is ripe in May, thus the name. He and his wife gathered the berries to make jelly as a hobby. That’s a good thing because at $5.00 per jar, on a lonely stretch of highway, this would be a hard way to make a living.
Though I had heard of mayhaw jelly before, I had never in my life experienced it. It’s delicious, so I will be sad when I eat all of this(which might be before this week is out, as I am not inclined to share!). I guess I’ll just have to call the number on the jar for Fatfrog’s Jelly and hope I can get some more.
Have you ever had mayhaw jelly? Does it grow where you live?