The Paw Paws Are Coming! The Paw Paws Are Coming!

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by Josh Wood Monday October 5, 2009

paw paws are comingBetty Garrison of Rocky Point Farm reported today that their paw paws are ripening and should be ready next week.

“We usually start harvesting at the end of September, but they’re taking a while to ripen because of the cooler weather.” When asked if this year’s rainy summer had affected production, Betty said that they really had seen any impact “but it seems to be a pretty good crop.”

A paw paw is a native North American tree that produces large, custardy fruit with an incredibly short shelf life – which explains why they rarely (if ever) show up in supermarkets. A paw paw tastes like a mango, a kiwi, and a boisterous banana playing Twister together while listening to Don Ho. The fruit can be sliced lengthwise and scooped, and the bruised ones can be rescued by adding them to smoothies. You’ll have to take my word for it and and try one.

The Garrisons started a paw paw orchard in hopes of introducing the fruit to New England. They sell their harvest at Morris Farm Stand on Warwick Avenue and the Pawtuxet Village Farmers’ Market in October.

You can also catch them on October 17 at the Pumpkin and Paw Paw Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

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  1. I’m in North centreal a town called Yellville Ar. It;s an old Indian area. PawPaws grow wild around here .And this is the only place that I have lived that has been known to have them. they are Good &you are close to the description { A paw paw tastes like a mango, a kiwi, and a boisterous banana playing Twister together } With a Persimon “look alike “ seed I have 3 lovely plants but no blossoms or fruit . I’ve just transplanted two of these Bushes from Huge Pots into the ground . They live outside through the winter,here.
    Do you have an idea of how to incourage them to bloom & fruit?
    Lena Smith

    — Lena Smith · Jun 10, 02:43 PM · #


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