It’s Pawpaw Season!

Written by Casey Willson, Fair Farms Intern 

Pawpaw season is here! Known as the mango of the Midwest, pawpaws are best when sourced from a farmers market or even your own backyard! Unlike many of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy in the United States – pawpaws weren’t brought here by the colonists but rather they are native to the Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern United States from New York west to southeastern Nebraska, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas. These six-inch gems grow in bunches on pawpaw trees which can be found growing in groves in well-draining, slightly acidic soil.

The fruit of the pawpaw tree looks a bit like a mango with a soft outer skin and a custardy inner flesh with easy-to-remove black seeds. Pawpaws taste like a mix between banana, mango, pineapple, and berries. This tropical fruit is truly a unique edition to your fruit bowl! Or you can try your hand at baking with pawpaws – try this recipe for pawpaw quick bread!

Our partners at Honey’s Harvest Farm in Lothian, Maryland, is offering a Wild Edibles Walk and Farm Tour on Sunday, Septermber 26th. If you take the tour, you’ll be able to learn about how and when to harvest pawpaws and you’ll even get to take some home with you! The 5th annual Pawpaw festival was on September 18th at Long Creek Homestead in Frederick, Maryland. The celebration included tastings, ice cream and jam making, orchard tours and more.