Relatively rare (if not entirely unknown) in commercial grocery stores, Mayhaw jelly is a must try for visitors to the South East. The jelly is made from a plant that is commonly considered a weed that grows in swampy areas around the Florida/Georgia border. The berries of the plant ripen and turn red in late April and last through May, hence the name “Mayhaw.” The jelly has a delicate flavor, somwhere between cranberry and apple, with a pleasant tart note at the end. Mayhaw jelly goes great on toast or muffins and makes a great addition to any breakfast.
Despite its delicious flavor and reputation as a delicacy of the South, Mayhaw Jelly can be very difficult to find. One source for Mayhaw jelly is “Marie’s Home Canning” in White Springs, Florida. It is not an industrial canning service (hence the name), but if you would like to sample one of the rarest delicacies from the south, send a letter to:Marie’s Home Canning P.O. Box 106 White Springs, Fl 32096