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Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to have.......paw paw!
Three years ago, I tried a paw paw for the first time and I loved it! I thought I was one of a select few who had never tasted the deliciously smooth textured vanilla, mango and banana fruit. Most recently, last Saturday at the Farmer's Market, I noticed a vendor was selling them.
The friend who accompanied me had never heard of them, and when I posted a short blurb about wanting to find areas where paw paws grow wild on Face Book, I was amazed that no one, and I mean no one, knew what they were. However, a couple of people were familiar with the song, "pickin up paw paws, put 'em in your pocket."
So, now I'm on a one woman mission to educate America about a delicious fruit that is ripe and wasting all over America right now.
I've already described what they taste like, and you may be walking right past them and not realizing what they are. They are about the size of an avocado, or mango, and have a greenish yellow skin. They can be eaten by peeling off the thin skin and slicing them into fruit salads, creaming to make an incredibly smooth pudding or pie filling, a taste-bud teasing ice cream, or just as they are. How do you know they're ripe? Firm paw paw's are better in my opinion, but some people like their fruit firm, while others prefer it to be softer.
The fruit has several almond sized seeds along their core, but I've found that I can pop the core into my mouth and suck the meat of the fruit away from them. (Paw paw seed spitting contest anyone? What would mawmaw think about that)
Additional information I learned about the paw paw - they have more nutritional value than apples or grapes! Really? Wow!
If any of you are familiar with the paw paw fruit, please share your thoughts. Do you love the flavor as much as I do?
I'm headed back to the Farmer's Market for more paw paws this Saturday, and I've also made arrangements with the vendor to bring me my very own paw paw tree, although, I've discovered through my online research, that I have to plant two varieties in order to have cross pollination and fruit bearing trees.
To make this blog more fun, name a song with a title, or lyric, that includes any type of fruit - replace that name with the word paw paw!