Anyone ever heard of or had the pawpaw fruit? It's said to be "America's forgotten fruit". NPR did a pretty neat special on it. Thought I'd share! It grows naturally in America and is said to be a cross between a banana and mango. I want to try!
Yep, I haven't tried it yet and a bit disappointed it won't grow in South FL, but it grows from Northern FL up to many states down to hardiness zone 5, which includes PA. It's in the botanical family (and taste?) of tropical fruit like Cherimoya, but grows in northern climates. It's tricky to grow and transplant without killing it, so there are still things be learned about growing it. There is also yearly festival http://www.ohiopawpawfest.com/
http://integrationacres.com/products/frozen-pawpaw-pulp-pawpaw-plea... These guys sell fresh and frozen pawpaw and it looks to be that the fresh pawpaw season has ended.
Also Australians call Papaya: PawPaw and that can create some confusion at times.
Another interesting and rare native American fruit is the Native Persimmon which grows in even colder climates.
That's an excellent link.
Most people probably don't know the pawpaw exists. In Australia (and a few other countries I suspect) the papaya is also called a paw paw which confuses the matter. The papaya is a tropical fruit and not related to the American pawpaw. I have a wonderful papaya tree in my front yard which is very productive particularly as I live in a sub tropical region. I have never seen an American pawpaw but I think it would grow well where I live.
It sounds delicious!