Pawpaw (book)

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In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit

by Andrew Moore

Explore the past, present, and future of this unique fruit. Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to the United States. It grows wild in twenty-six states, so why have so few people heard of the pawpaw, much less tasted one? From Georgia to Illinois, Ozarks to the Appalachians, discover pawpaw lore and knowledge not only from the plant breeders and horticulturists working to bring pawpaws into the mainstream, but regular folks who fondly remember picking pawpaws way down yonder in the pawpaw patch. Delve deeper into questions about American foodways and how economic, biologic, and cultural forces combine, leading us to eat what we eat – and sometimes to ignore – the incredible, delicious food growing all around us.

  • Full-color insert
  • Paperback, 360 pages
  • 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in Writing & Literature

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I need to know about the tree I just ordered
Phil W on Aug 6, 2019
I need to know about the tree I just ordered
Phil W on Aug 6, 2019
Wonderful book! If I had to do it all over again, I would be a Paw Paw grower instead of a cattleman. I have just run out of time...but maybe not?
Albert A on Sep 29, 2017
Wonderful book! If I had to do it all over again, I would be a Paw Paw grower instead of a cattleman. I have just run out of time...but maybe not?
Albert A on Sep 29, 2017
What is a Pawpaw?
Jerry M B on Dec 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The paw paw (asimina triloba) is the largest indigenous North American tree fruit, a member of the rather large and otherwise tropical Annona family, the so called "Custard apples" which include the cherimoya, atemoya, guanabana, sugar apple, custard apple, soncoya, posh-t?? and the Rollinia Deliciosa, called the Biriba, the so called lemon meringue custard apple.

Though all these tropical annonas and relatives thereof are brilliantly flavored, I have never tasted a better annona relative than some of the elite cultivars of the american Paw Paw, for example, Paul Peterson's Susquehanna and Shenandoah trademarked paw paw's. I sampled a ripe Susquehanna at Papaya Tree Nursery in nearby Granada Hills, California, honored to be included in this taste experiment by owners Dave and Alex Silbur, whom I've known for many decades, and I blurted out my astonishment that this magnificent fruit's ripe flesh resembled that delightful but mysteriously illusive flavor of the candy called red sticks, WRONGLY called a sort of licorice -- it has NOTHING to do with licorice, and perhaps a century ago was patterned after the flavor of some exquisite cultivar of paw paw. I own the above book, and deem it excellent! I am a kind of pioneer in growing my 25 paw paw cultivars, since my climate here in Lake Balboa, California, is actually too bright and hot for paw paws until they are about eight years old. I must shade and mist them constantly during summers till then. Sincerely, Guy Veloz

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Love it. The pawpaw is the future of food in America. Fun book.
July 1, 2019
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