are often found along creeks and streams, growing in the well-drained alluvial soil of American bottomland.
Turns out I bought my pawpaws
at the end of their season, which runs through September and occasionally into the first week of October.
Like pears and apples, mayapple patches with their shiny, umbrella-like leaves, catch the eye of turkey hunters in the spring, while the banana-like aroma of ripe pawpaws
can be detected even by the inferior sense of smell we humans possess.
Participants rated the muffins made with pawpaw
as highly as those made with oil and more desirable than those made with applesauce.
For example, the Barbadians also found, before modern medicines reached the island, that the flesh of an unripe pawpaw
made a wound heal faster.
You'll know they're ripe and ready to eat when they start falling from the tree (ripe pawpaws
are best eaten immediately).
are also locally known as Michigan Bananas, Hoosier Bananas, and Insert-state-wherethey-are-native Bananas because their flavor, and in some ways their texture, is reminiscent of the grocery store variety banana.
We determined germination rates for persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), American plum (Prunus americana) and pawpaw
(Asimina triloba) seeds ingested by coyotes, and for persimmon and hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) seeds ingested by raccoons.
are interchangeable with any recipe calling for bananas.
In many locales a tradition of picking wild pawpaws
persists, and these people know where the superior trees are.
Macadamias, mangoes, pineapples, pawpaws
(papayas), and avocados growing here will find their way onto diners' plates.
Ohioan Chris Chmiel likes to blend agriculture with nature, so most of his crops are forest-farmed--wild pawpaws
, black walnuts, ramps and mushrooms, for example.