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!
On September 17, 2022, our Fair Farms partner organization Ecologia will be hosting their 7th annual Pawpaw Festival at the Long Creek Homestead in Frederick, Maryland. There you’ll get the opportunity to learn about more than just pawpaws! There will be information on things from beekeeping to permaculture to breadmaking. Its sure to be a fantastic event!