Pawpaw Trees (MM #3839)

The Mason Minute


The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. For years growing up in the Midwest, we used to play out doors and you were always dealing with pine cones and trees and even at owls we were dealing with, but we also had a lot of pawpaw trees. What I didn't realize at the time is the pawpaw trees that dropped their fruit, if you will, fruit was edible. And the reason I never realized that was because you don't see popov fruit in the store. The American pawpaw is a close cousin, if you will, to the papaya. But while it is edible, it's not very shelf sustainable. So the minute it falls from the tree, it starts rotting immediately. And of course, most of the time, the pawpaws we saw on the ground while we're rotten pawpaws and there were mushy in their gushy. And from what I've read, they're good to eat, they're great fresh off the tree, reason I'm thinking about this and I hadn't thought about pawpaws for years, was because I saw somebody the other day on Facebook or on Instagram, actually eating a pawpaw and it hit me at that point. We could actually eat those things. I never tried, but now I'm curious. The pop up doesn't grow much around Tennessee, but you can see them in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and I'm going to try to find one because I got to try it out.

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