Thursday, August 26, 2010

Festival of the Trees - PawPaw Tree - Asimina triloba

Asimina triloba - PawPaw

This tree is very fruitful this time of year in North Carolina.

My friend has a PawPaw patch living in her yard. Which reminded us of the PawPaw patch song,

"Pickin' up paw-paws; put 'em in a basket.
Pickin' up paw-paws; put 'em in a basket.
Pickin' up paw-paws; put 'em in a basket.
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch."

The largest native American edible fruit is the PawPaw. These fruits can weigh up to 16 ounces. They are usually 3 - 6 inches in length. PawPaws are green on the outside, yellow on the inside with 10 to 14 one-inch sized seeds in two rows.

I decided to taste the PawPaws for the first time to be ready to do this Festival of the Trees Post. My friend, Heather, gave me these PawPaws; I cut into this one and tasted it.
It reminded me of a combination of a mango-cantaloupe-banana with a pudding-like texture. I thought it tasted interesting. I think one may have to develop a taste for this fruit to really enjoy it. My friend said her husband puts lime juice on the PawPaws and that tastes really good to him.

I asked several people and never got anyone to actually say that they loved to eat this fruit. So, I decided to research this further. In reading about this fruit, there are people out there that love to eat PawPaws, they call them sublime. So, I recommend you try them yourselves.

There are many health benefits to this fruit.; I read that they really improve digestion. They have been linked to Cancer Research as well. Kentucky State University even has a research program devoted to the PawPaw. I sense that we will be seeing much more of this fruit in the world of health.

Enjoy the Festival of Trees. Come by and check out my blog sometime.



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  1. They look delicious, I must say.. I'm now very curious about whether I'd like the taste!

  2. I'm one of those people who enjoy pawpaws very much, both eating them and encountering them in the wild. I've been eating pawpaws for years, ever since I read about them and then found some in the woods. For the past several years I've been gathering them from trees growing on an island in the James River in Virginia. I've even transplanted one into my bog garden, though I'm going to keep it pruned to avoid shade issues, so I'll probably never get fruit from it (they're dioecious anyway). There are people who are trying to develop pawpaws as a market fruit. I don't think they'd ship well, so they'll probably always be a local delicacy.


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