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May 28, 2012 06:29 PM

Mayhaw Jelly

My father-in-law has requested that I pick him up some Mayhaw Jelly when I visit New Orleans next week. I've never heard of this before. Does anyone know where I can buy some there? Thanks!

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  1. Mayhaws are the fruit of a tree that grows wild in southern swampland. For my yankee friends I liken it to a crabapple. Personally I find mayhaw jelly to be bland and flavorless. Your best bet would be a supermarket like Rouse's that stocks gourmet food and specialty items. There is one in the French Quarter at Royal and St. Peter and in the Warehouse District on Baronne Street.

    1. For what it's worth, I've never seen mayhaw jelly for sale here. But on the other hand, I guess I've never looked to buy it. Big Easy has named your best bet: Rouse's. If it's not there, you'll likely have to venture out into the country, probably to some road-side stand. I'll keep an eye out and let you know if I see some.

      It's all over North Louisiana though. I remember going to the Mayhaw festival as a kid. Here's some general info:

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        I know that I've seen it but just cannot recall where...could have been outside NOLA. I used to get it from a friend's grandmother out Lutcher way. Everyone there said you had to know The Tree. One is not as good as another, or so I am told.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            This thread's bringing back memories. I'm from N.E. La. and I remember when I was younger, folks would take their boats out to gather Mayhaws in the spring high water. Jelly and wine ensued.

            Here's another, more helpful link with a list of sellers in Louisiana:
            The place in Franklinton is the closest to New Orleans.

        1. I would suggest White Wood Farms, which sells jams and jellies at the Crescent City Farmers Market: http://www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.... . Their products are great. I hit CCFM on Saturday mornings, but you might check if they sell at the Tuesday or Thursday markets if it fits your schedule better.

          1. Update: no mayhaw jelly at the big Rouse's on Tchoupitoulas. Sorry.

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            1. re: N.O.Food

              Thanks. I checked at Rouse's in the French Quarter. No luck there, either. I think I'll go with pralines to take back for family.

              1. re: atticushaines

                I think I have seen it at Cochon Butcher occasionally. You could call them and check. I'm pretty sure they use it there and at Cochon in some specialty cocktails.

                1. re: culinas

                  Thanks, culinas. Good to know. That's actually where my husband is eating lunch today, so I'll ask him to look there.

                  1. re: atticushaines

                    There is a regular stand on the River Road just outside of the Carrollton neighborhood, and I can see he sells jellies. He might have some if you can get up that way, although I've never stopped there. It's a little ways up river road behind Matt n Naddies, Dante's kitchen, Brigtsen's, etc.

                    1. re: N.O.Food

                      The stand is called DeWitt's, and it's at the corner of River Road and Brooklyn Ave. 725 River Road, to be precise. I pass by twice a day, and I've never seen mayhaw jelly. Strawberry, blueberry, yes, and the odd jar of honey. Mostly I see slightly underripe tomatoes at inflated prices.

            2. If you strike out in town, here is a mail order source: