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atticushaines May 28, 2012 06:29 PM

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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    Big Easy RE: atticushaines May 29, 2012 04:45 AM

    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. N.O.Food RE: atticushaines May 29, 2012 10:37 AM

      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: http://www.townofmarionla.com/mayhaw_...

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        hazelhurst RE: N.O.Food May 29, 2012 11:01 AM

        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.

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          atticushaines RE: hazelhurst May 29, 2012 11:56 AM

          Thanks, all!

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            N.O.Food RE: hazelhurst May 29, 2012 12:07 PM

            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: http://mayhaw.org/original/
            The place in Franklinton is the closest to New Orleans.

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          midcity RE: atticushaines May 29, 2012 04:17 PM

          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. N.O.Food RE: atticushaines Jun 3, 2012 07:39 PM

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

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              atticushaines RE: N.O.Food Jun 3, 2012 08:16 PM

              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.

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                culinas RE: atticushaines Jun 4, 2012 04:01 AM

                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.

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                  atticushaines RE: culinas Jun 4, 2012 06:26 AM

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

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                    N.O.Food RE: atticushaines Jun 6, 2012 10:40 AM

                    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.

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                      Hungry Celeste RE: N.O.Food Jun 7, 2012 12:11 PM

                      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.

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              Gizmo56 RE: atticushaines Jun 7, 2012 11:31 AM

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

              http://www.localharvest.org/mayhaw-je...

              1. uptownlibrarian RE: atticushaines Jun 12, 2012 07:47 AM

                I saw Mayhaw jelly at the Rouses on Tchoupitoulas on Sunday. The brand is La Don's and it's on a wooden shelf display at the end of the bread aisle, across from the butter/cookie dough refrigerated area.

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