Its Mayhaw Time in Louisiana

Quincy L. Cheek  |  4/9/2013 6:20:04 PM


What is the mayhaw? It 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. In Louisiana it ripens from mid-April to early May; hence the name mayhaw.

The mayhaw is a wild native fruit tree found along river bottoms and swamps from the Trinity River of Texas, east to Georgia and Florida, and throughout Louisiana. In Central Louisiana, the mayhaw is now being grown in family orchards. Each spring the Louisiana Mayhaw Association comes together to talk about best practices in growing and marketing mayhaw and mayhaw products.

This year the association met on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Pollock, LA. The annual mayhaw cook-off took place and the meeting and many fine dishes were presented. The 1st place winning recipes for the Louisiana Mayhaw Association Mayhaw Cook-Off 2013 are listed below.

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