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How do you make mayhaw juice?

To Prepare Juice or Jelly Stock: Measure or weigh fruit and put in large saucepan. For each gallon (4 quarts or about 4 1/2 pounds) of mayhaws, cover with 3 quarts (12 cups) of water. For 2 quarts of fruit (a little over 2 pounds), cover with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and cook gently for about 30 minutes.

What can you do with mayhaw?

Traditionally, mayhaw jelly was used as a condiment for game meats, but it can also be used in fruit pies and pastries. Mayhaw syrup is delicious over pancakes, of course, but it also lends itself well over biscuits, muffins, and porridge. Among many old Southern family mayhaw recipes, may even be one for mayhaw wine!

Can you freeze mayhaw juice?

It’s easy to freeze the juice for making fresh jelly year round. Put 4 cups of juice (for one batch of jelly) in an airtight container–glass jar, rigid plastic container or heavy plastic freezer bag. Leave ½- inch headspace in rigid containers or 1 inch in glass jars to prevent breakage.

What does mayhaw taste like?

In the wild, mayhaw berries look very much like cranberries or small crabapples. They vary in taste, but the berries are usually fruity and tart. Most would say they’re far too tart to eat straight from the tree—and that’s where the jelly comes in.

Where do mayhaws grow?

Mayhaw trees (Crataegus aestivalis, C. opaca, and C . rufula) are indigenous to the southern United States and grow in the wild as far west as Texas. They thrive in South’s wetland environments and produce small, tart-to-tasteless, berry-sized fruits that range in hue from yellow to red.

How do you clean mayhaws?

Making mayhaw jelly is the only thing to do if you’re lucky to get some fully ripened mayhaws! Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water.

Is a mayhaw a crabapple?

The mayhaw is the fruit of the thorny Hawthorne tree. This small, round reddish fruit is about ½ to ¾ inch in diameter and resembles a crabapple. It ripens from mid April to early May, hence the name mayhaw. They are more resistant to disease and can withstand low temperatures better than common fruit trees.

How do you clean Mayhaws?

Can you eat mayhaw?

The fully ripe fruit is edible raw but is not a desirable fruit for eating out-of- hand. The mayhaw is most often used in jelly, which we eat for pleasure rather than for its nutritional value.

How do you eat Mayhaws?

To prepare the jelly, mix the fruit with water and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook about thirty minutes. Other than jelly, mayhaw fruit can be made into some delicious desserts, drinks and even a chicken dinner.

How long does it take for a mayhaw tree to produce fruit?

Harvest the fruit when the tree begins bearing, two to three years after planting. Mayhaw ripens in April or May.

Do mayhaw trees have thorns?

Mayhaw generally grows as a deciduous shrub, or small tree, with thorns and moderately small leaves of varying shapes depending on the species. The flowers of five white petals, sometimes six, bloom before the leaves appear.