very own Native Americans knew about the various attributes of the
tropical looking pawpaw, and most likely increased their distribution
to what it is today. Although not very well known today, except among
a growing group of followers, the pawpaw deserves more respect than it
gets. Let’s start with the flavor of its fruit, which can be described
as an intense banana pudding with a hint of mango flavor. The fruit
flavor comes as a surprise considering the leaves smell of bell pepper
or diesel fuel when crushed, which keeps the foliage relatively pest
free. Even if these fruits didn’t taste like a dream, the health
benefits far outweigh the flavor experience. Pawpaw is extremely high
in Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, amino acids, and several
vitamins. It is also being studied intensively for its already proven
anti-cancer and insecticidal qualities.
collect our fruit every year in late August, just before they ripen and
fall to the ground when hungry deer, coons, possums, hogs, and
you-name-it are waiting to steal our crop. Many of our fruits are
quite large (up to 4 or 5” in length) and contain fewer seeds, which is
a good thing considering paw paws seem to inherit traits from their
parents more often than not.
paws prefer your best soil with good drainage and protection from wind,
so try and be picky when choosing a site for planting. A good starting
point would be about twenty feet away from a treeline in a bottom
field. Cedars or other fruit trees make an excellent windbreak, just
be sure and plant your paw paws at least twenty feet from your break to
deter its roots from robbing the soil moisture. A good spacing would
be ten foot by at least ten foot. Don’t forget to consider prevailing
winds when choosing a site.
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||Fruit eaten by deer, raccoon, fox, opossum, and most songbirds.