Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday... Mayhaw Berries

What is it?........................

Where does it grow?.........
the tart red berry that grows in the swamps and bogs of Southwest Georgia. Colquitt, in Miller County, Georgia, is the center of the Mayhaw growing area. The season is only three weeks long.  The Wild Mayhaw berries resemble a pink cranberry.their delicate flavor is fruity like apple (mayhaw is in the apple family) but with a ‘zing’ left on the tip of your tongue. 

How do you prepare it?...
MOST PEOPLE MAKE JELLY WITH THEM: In May the red berries are gathered by hand or scooped out of the water in fishnets. The berries are boiled, then squeezed, to get clear coral colored juice that is made into “the best jelly in the world

What does it taste like?..... 

Have you ever tried it?......
NO! NOT YET... :)

What recipe would you suggest using this mystery Ingredient?.....
The Mayhaw Jelly recipe dates from the Civil War era arid has been a traditional Southern treat. Wild Mayhaw jelly is great with toast, bagels, and hot buttered biscuits. This jelly also makes a great condiment served with roasted chicken, turkey, wild game, and as an alternative to mint jelly when served with lamb.
4 c mayhaw juice
1 box pectin
5 c sugar
1. TO PREPARE JUICE: Sort and wash fully ripe Mayhaw berries (about one gallon). Crush fruit and add some water (about one cup, cover and bring to a boil on high.) Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool. Extract juice by straining through a juicer wrapped with cheese cloth. Set aside.

2. TO MAKE JELLY: Measure 4 cups of juice in a large, heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil, add pectin and stir well. Bring back to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Add sugar and continue stirring. Heat again to a full rolling boil, boil hard for one minute.
3. Remove from heat; skim off foam quickly. Pour jelly immediately into hot, sterile canning 1/2 pint jars to 1/4 th inch from top. Seal with hot lids and process 5 minutes in a boiling water bath. Makes 6 (1/2 pint) jars.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a gooseberry. I have never tried one and I think they are found in the North West, much like all the other great berries. It is grown on a bush and I would mix it with other sweet berries in a jelly or maybe a pie?