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Are you familiar with a traditional food that’s just come into season: Mayhaw. It is so named for May Day, its peak season. According to mayhaw mythology, this wild, apple-like cousin of the hawthorn tree thrives in swampy coastal Louisiana and Texas.

The fruit is often harvested heroically by young foragers riding pirogues. After battling water snakes and mosquitos, they deliver enough mayhaw for grandmothers to cook up jelly and syrup to last the year. But, with the mayhaw’s native habitat increasingly endangered, will this traditional Southern flavor disappear? Here’s where you come in: Ask for mayhaw fruit and products at farmers markets. Serve it to friends and family; and to those who have the power to preserve coastal wetlands, vocalize your desire to protect our taste of place.  

For the WWNO Farmers Market Minute, this is Richard McCarthy.

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