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The Mayhaw tree, Crataegus  aestivalis  is a native fruit tree to the Southern United States that can be found growing in the lowlands and swamps from Texas, to Arkansas to South Carolina.  The mayhaw trees thrive in the swamps where watering the roots sufficiently is never a problem, but swamp mayhaw trees that have been transplanted onto upland sandy soils that produce annual reliable crops. The rich flavor of Mayhaw jelly has been promoted in performance as the superstar of breakfast foods.  The mayhaw trees are armed with thorns that suppress the appetites of hungry birds and squirrels until the red ripe mayhaw berries later fall to the ground.  There have been made available several grafted clones of thornless mayhaw cultivar trees, but they produce insufficient, unprofitable mayhaws, partly because the birds consume them before they ripen and before falling off the trees.  The flavor of the mayhaw is rather bland and unappetizing, but when cooked with sugar and pectins the deep complexity of the underlying human flavor buds on the tongue are stimulated to a previous unexperienced level of contentment and enjoyment.

Georgia Red Mayhaw Tree Red Star Mayhaw Tree Swamp Mayhaw Tree
Georgia Red Mayhaw Tree Red Star Mayhaw Tree Swamp Mayhaw Tree
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Red Star Mayhaw Trees
Georgia Red Mayhaw Trees
Swamp Mayhaw Tree
The Red Star Mayhaw Tree is an excellent producer of Mayhaws that ripen, beginning in the first week of May. The skin of the Mayhaw is brilliant red, and the flesh is rather bland, but when cooked will develop that famous flavor that makes Mayhaw jelly distinctive from any other jelly or jam. The Georgia Red Mayhaw tree was developed at the Agricultural Experimental Station at Tifton, Georgia from selected seedlings that were collected locally and produced large red Mayhaw berries the size of grapes that are filled with an agreeable, appetizing taste. The Swamp Mayhaw trees are typically selected Mayhaw seedlings that were collected from the swamps of South Georgia and Northern Florida. These Mayhaws ripen in mid-May and are popular fruits to cook into the Mayhaw jelly confection that is distinctively so different from any other breakfast jelly.