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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!

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/09/29/140894570/the-pawpaw-fo...

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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.

Thank you for all this information! I had no idea Ohio had a pawpaw fest or that Australians call Papaya pawpaw (which completely clears up why my google search brought up papayas!). And I'll look into Integration Acres for the fresh season for sure. I'm just so excited to hear about a local fruit!

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!

It is sooo yummy! It is not really grown commercially except at some farmers markets because it goes bad really soon after picking! It does taste very similar to a cherimoya. It's season is around july though where I am. Your best option is to get some seedlings and grow them yourself. In 7 years or so, you will have bountiful fruit! You need at least 2 plants to get them going because they are not self pollinating, unless you want to hand pollinate.

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