The Ted Grisez Arboretum at Jamestown Audubon has a Pawpaw Patch! I’ve written about it before – the year I learned what a Pawpaw is and actually tasted one. Yesterday I took a stroll through the arboretum and found it blooming. I was surprised by the flower whose petals remind me of Red Trillium.
It was late September when Sarah and I found the fruit…
…which we ate.
It is absolutely delicious with a smooth texture and flavors that make you think of banana and kiwi and mango. It is described in some articles as the only “temperate tropical fruit” – a native to North America.
We are at the northern-most part of its range. It seems to be doing well in the arboretum. It spreads by underground roots which is how a tree becomes a patch!