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Aug 30, 2000 10:06 AM

Mystery fruit

  • p

I need help identifying a fruit that I had many years ago (maybe 30). I've looked for it in reference books and can't find it. My impaired memory goes like this:

It might be classified as a berry, pinkish-orange-red, about the size of a walnut (a bit smaller perhaps) pumpkin shaped and deeply crenulted. Very pretty. The skin is like that of a tomato (the same color as the flesh) but it would be very difficult to peel. I seem to recall large black seeds. A very distinctive flavor: bright, sort of tart, unusual aftertaste. Thanks in advance. pat

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  1. It sounds as if you are describing a mayhaw, an autumn fruit that was popular in the South half a century ago but now is mostly--and sparingly--made into jam.

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    1. re: Pepper

      Pepper: Wow! I think you may be right! I did a search, and while the picture on my computer doesn't allow me to see the distinctive shape of this berry, the color is certainly right-on. Thank you, thank you. Now I'll go to the library and check it out. pat

      1. re: pat hammond

        Pat, I just received a catalog from one of those mail-order fruits, nuts, and candies outfits, and damned if they don't have mayhaw jelly for sale! Said catalog can be viewed at, if you're interested.

        1. re: C. Fox

          Gentleperson Fox:

          Thanks very much. I've since decided that the mayhaw is indeed my mystery fruit. pat