My husband is somewhat of a jelly aficianado. Grape, strawberry, pepper...he loves them all. Knowing this, one of our friends decided to let us in on the marvelous secret of mayhaw jelly. We were given a jar that he'd brought back from a business trip to southern Georgia (one of the few native areas for mayhaws), promised that "if you love jelly, you will LOVE mayhaw jelly!"
Our friend was right. Mayhaw jelly is delicious! It features an unusual blend of both sweet and tart flavors, which is a nice change from super-sweet jellies, such as the aforementioned grape and strawberry. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is as part of a good ole PB&J sandwich, but it's also quite tasty on toast, crackers, or biscuits.
Unfortunately, mayhaw jelly IS a little hard to find, since mayhaws grow only in certain areas of the southern United States. We ordered a case of jelly (that's right, a case) from Cedar Head Farms, a company in Colquitt, Georgia (incidentally, also the self-proclaimed "Mayhaw Capital of the World"), and have been sharing the "mayhaw love" with various friends and relatives. Unless you live near the wetlands of Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia, where mayhaws thrive, you'll probably have to do the same. Check out these companies to order your own jelly:
Cedar Head Farms: (229) 758-9249