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    The Tropical Fruit Tree Americans Forgot: The Pawpaw Tree

    What if I told you that North America has an easy-to-grow native tropical fruit tree that you’ve never even heard of? The Pawpaw is our largest native fruit, and it tastes something like banana and mango with hints of vanilla (yum!).
    Nicknamed the “Appalachian Banana” or “poor man’s banana”, Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit in America and are native to 26 states. They mainly grow in the Eastern US, but have been hit hard by deforestation of that area. Over 90% of America’s old-growth forests have been cut down.


    If you look, you’ll find loads of old-timey Appalachian recipes for the Pawpaw’s fruit. You can make custards, jams, bake with them, and even ferment them into beer and wine.
    There’s even a Pawpaw Festival in Ohio, where you can taste all sorts of pawpaw recipes at their annual cook-off!




    Pawpaw trees are really useful beyond just providing fruit, too. Their inner bark can be twisted into strong ropes, and the leaves and outer bark can be made into a potent insecticide. The Pawpaw tree has virtually no pest issues, and it’s fruit was enjoyed by the Native Americans before the European settlers came here. Thomas Jefferson even had Pawpaws planted at Monticello.



    They are smallish understory trees, usually happy to grow in the dappled shade of something bigger. They’re often found under pine trees in the wild.
    You can grow pawpaw trees in your home landscape without too much trouble.
    Ripe Pawpaws look like large, yellow-to-brown, misshapen pears, and are found in mid-Summer to early Fall.


    The trees are anywhere from 6 to 40 feet tall, and their leaves turn yellow in the fall. Pawpaw trees are pollinated by flies, and their unusual flowers are said to be rather pungent!






    So why don’t we see these amazing fruits in the grocery store?

    Because they just don’t fit in with the commercial aims of large-scale horticulture.
    Pawpaws are best ripened on the tree. Like many soft tropical fruits, they cannot handle being transported.
    So, most people in North America today have never even heard of this tropical treasure.


    If you want to learn more about growing Pawpaws in your area, here’s more information about this unsung native fruit tree!


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    i've never heard of such fruit before..i wonder if anyone here had tried it.
    the weardest fruits i ever ate were durian and jackfruit. did anyone else try that before? ))) what do u think about them?


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    I have had both when I was in the Philippines. Jackfruit (langka) is nice. Durian.. is an acquired taste..


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lawspeaker View Post
    I have had both when I was in the Philippines. Jackfruit (langka) is nice. Durian.. is an acquired taste..
    it is but i don't hate it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seya View Post
    it is but i don't hate it
    I'm not a real fan of it.. to be honest ! But de gustibus non est disputandum,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seya View Post
    i've never heard of such fruit before..i wonder if anyone here had tried it.
    the weardest fruits i ever ate were durian and jackfruit. did anyone else try that before? ))) what do u think about them?

    In Brazil we call jackfruit tree, of "Killer Tree", because if a fruit falls on your head...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sacrificed Ram View Post
    In Brazil we call jackfruit tree, of "Killer Tree", because if a fruit falls on your head...
    coconut trees should be called the same

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    Never heard of pawpaw in my life


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seya View Post
    coconut trees should be called the same
    No, they have low height, at least those from commercial plantations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sacrificed Ram View Post
    No, they have low height, at least those from commercial plantations.
    they are super tall..the ones that grow in their natural enviroment..up to 30m

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