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Mayhaws are a small (1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter) crabapple-like fruit that grows on a type of thorny hawthorne tree. The strained fruit is most often used for making jelly, syrup and wine. The pulp is sometimes made into jams, butters and pies. Few people eat the fruit raw. You can shake the tree and gather the fruit from a bed sheet or piece of plastic spread under the tree.
It ripens from mid-April to early May, from which the name, Mayhaw, originated.
The Mayhaw is a wild native fruit tree found along river bottoms and swamps from east Texas, east to Georgia and Florida, and especially throughout Louisiana. It does well in swamps or drier, better-drained land and best in full sunlight.
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