For enquiring minds: Paw Paw tree and fruit

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Crdome, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    I was introduced to this amazing fruit two years ago. The pawpaw is native to the Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern United States and adjacent southernmost Ontario, Canada, from New York west to southeastern Nebraska, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. It is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States.

    You won't find the delicious custard-like fruit in the produce section, but perhaps in shady woods near you. This cultivated orchard is a rarity, planted for pharmaceutical research project. The seeds contain chemicals which can treat certain cancers.

    Pawpaw tree
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    The fruit hangs in clusters of five
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    Fallen fruit: The dark fruit, squishy, nearly rotted fruit is super ripe and ready to enjoy.
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    Cut in half to expose the meat
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    Scoop with a spoon, and spit out the seeds as a watermellon's
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  2. Dan Lopez

    Dan Lopez Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 12, 2011
    What's it taste like?
     
  3. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    It's sweet a bit like banana, but with a very subtle tartness
    People love them or don't. Nearly everyone I've given them to are addicted. I like them raw, but many use them as a banana substitute in anything baked. I'm awaiting my neighbors results in cocktails. His wife thinks he is preparing a pawpaw martini after successful developing a mango one.
     
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    You learn something new every day here! :smile:
    Hmmm...I'm in south Texas...I might hafta' hunt one of these down.:smile: