aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Way Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch

It has been an absolutely bumper year for fruit-bearing trees. The peaches, apples, and persimmons are so heavy on the branches that the branches are in danger of breaking before the fruit is fully ripe.

Meanwhile, there are so many pawpaws out at Wilderstead that, for once, the deer can't eat them all. And what is a pawpaw, you ask? Well, it's a semi-squishy kind of fruit that turns yellow-green when ripe. The inside is of a pudding-like consistency, and tastes rather banana-ish. In fact, it's called "Indiana Banana" by those in the know.

People eat them raw, but they also (and this I did not know) make ice cream out of them! Deanne picked some today out on the hillside above our treasure chest, and as they ripen, we are looking forward to trying pawpaw ice cream.

Pawpaw trees are not very big. You've probably walked right by them without noticing them. D. snapped this photo of a nice pawpaw on the twig, almost ready to eat.

The Indiana Banana


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