This is a pawpaw →
It’s a delicious fruit with a flavor best described as mango-meets-banana.
It’s native to North America, a tropical fruit that grows in a temperate zone, and is found in 26 of the United States.
The pawpaw is the official state fruit of Ohio.
and a lovable mascot ↓
So why have you never had one?
and they don’t travel well
Pawpaws bruise easily and rot within the first 72 hours after picking.
and because pawpaw blossoms smell like wet carpet
Backyard gardeners aren’t too keen on growing them either.
Pawpaw is an autumn delicacy that is both fleeting and elusive. And you know you really want to try one. Here’s some help with tracking it down:
Neal Peterson is the ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the pawpaw. He has cultivated and patented numerous pawpaw varietals and on his website he shares a list of sapling nurseries and fruit retailers the sell them.
Explore the pawpaw resources available through Kentucky State University, home to the world’s one and only full-time pawpaw research program. It also hosts a very active Facebook community of pawpaw lovers.
Of course you can always strap on the Bean boots and go pawpaw foraging in one of the woodland pawpaw ranges in the U.S