I ate paw paw fruit! It’s on my List. Here’s the story:
Pawpaw trees are native to the east coast of the United States. I had never heard of them until a couple of years ago when I saw them in a garden catalog. I wondered what they tasted like, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. Why doesn’t anyone sell pawpaws? (It’s because they don’t travel well: they’re too soft.) Looking them up on the internet, I saw that they grow plentifully in the Shenandoah Valley. That’s not too far from here! But every time I checked for pawpaw season, I was too late.
Until this year.
It’s pawpaw season right now! I confirmed with the owner of Peterson Pawpaws, who was very helpful and sent me an email telling not only that it was pawpaw season, but listed four places I could go to get them. If you want to buy a pawpaw tree, I highly recommend him. The closest place that sold fruit was Mackintosh Fruit Farm. I called and they said they had two boxes of them, so off I went.
I didn’t taste them until I got home. I needed a knife to cut them and a spoon to scoop them out. There were two varieties, Pennsylvania Golden and Shenandoah. I preferred Pennsylvania Golden because it was sweeter. Here is my best attempt at describing the feel and taste of paw paws: The flesh of the fruit feels like mango flesh. It’s smooth, creamy, and only slightly juicy. The flavor is sort of tropical. A little like mango, a little banana-like, a little like raw pumpkin flesh, a little starchy. Fragrant, and not super sweet. I like them, but they seem like an acquired taste. I got a bunch of them, so I’ll eat them all and see if I acquire it.
Mackintosh Fruit Farm is right next to Harper’s Ferry. It is such a historical type place, I just had to stop there. It has many old buildings and some fun stores, but not much parking. I ended up parking way up a hill next to an old hotel that is in the process of collapsing. It looks like a meteor hit the front of the building.
This picture doesn’t do it justice:
The view from the hotel’s front yard is astounding. I posed for a senior picture.