Friday, September 11, 2009

yay yay, paw paws

I am OBSESSED with pawpaws. I'm not really sure when this obsession began, but over a year ago at least, which is a bit bizarre considering the first time I have ever eaten, or held in my hand, or even seen a pawpaw was a few days ago on a hike in Virginia.

Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to North America, but, like loquats, they don't travel well so most folks, even those who live where they grow abundantly, have never eaten one because you can't buy them at the super market. They're sweet and rich and taste something like banana papaya custard. I managed to smuggle about 15 fruits out of the woods, and probably would have filled my whole backpack had my folks not had a bit better sense (or a more acute fear of park rangers) than I do. Either way I have a whole bunch of pawpaw seeds now, being cold stratified in the fridge, and I'll let you know if they sprout!

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