Texas Highways Magazine

Are You Ready For This Jelly?

In the February drabness of bare-branched hardwoods, frothy white flowers burst from small thorny trees deep in the understory of the East Texas Piney Woods.

Generations of families have noted their locations—sometimes flagging the trees with orange tape, ribbon, or twine—to be able to find the trees again once the canopy leafed out. For by May, the white blossoms of these trees will become clusters of firm red berries called mayhaws. They’ve been prized since antebellum times as a source for syrup, wine, and especially jelly—similar in

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