Scientific name: Crataegus opaca (Mayhaw)
What: ripe fruit
How: raw (tart), preserves, tea
Where: woods, swamps, landscaping, abandoned areas
When: fall, winter
Nutritional Value: very high in vitamin C and minerals
Texas distribution for hawthorns, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.
North American distribution for hawthorns, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Mayhaws grow best in wet, swampy areas as small trees or large shrubs. Mayhaw jelly is a very popular treat here in Texas. The fruit are high in pectin so the jelly doesn't need additional pectin. The darker the fruit the more tart it will taste, which most people prefer for making jelly.