Mayhaw 101 Clinic

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Mayhaw berries of El Dorado. Photo by Z. Clift.

For those that want to learn more about the mayhaw, which have a reputation as a celebrated delicacy of Southern U.S. cuisine, an opportunity to do so takes place this month.  The 2nd annual Mayhaw 101 clinic is April 26th at Paul’s Mayhaw Orchard in El Dorado. Paul’s Mayhaw Orchard was established in 2003 and is located directly behind owner Paul McLaughlin’s welding shop on Nick Springs Road.

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Paul McLaughlin of Paul’s Mayhaw Orchard. Photo by Z.Clift.

The agenda for the clinic includes a talk and guided orchard tour by Robin Bridges (of the Union County Extension), a demonstration on how to make homemade mayhaw jelly by Liz McKay (also of the Union County Extension) a talk by Rafash Brew (of the LSU AgCenter) on the different diseases that can affect mayhaws and how to control them and a grafting demonstration and talk by Johnny Smith, President of the Louisiana  Mayhaw Association.

Also of note: there will be biscuits with mayhaw jelly at a 9 a.m. meet and greet followed by homemade mayhaw ice cream samples. The El Dorado Master Gardeners will be on site and there will be a mayhaw wine sampling for those over 21 and grafted mayhaw trees and jelly and syrup for sale. The event is free and open to the public. Paul’s Mayhaw Orchard is located at 279 Nick Springs Road. For more details you can contact McLaughlin at 879-862-1931, curlymc777@gmail.com or check out mayhaw.org.

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