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Topic: 'Way down yonder! in the pawpaw patch
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PLOWBOY

10-03-2001 21:01:54
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Hay! all you country foke,"haw" "ya all doin?"
I was out last week-end riding along a creek bank on my horse,enjoying the lovely fall day in Missouri and rode upon a pawpaw patch, its been atleast 30 years since Ive seen a pawpaw let alone tasted one.........Well lets just say I sure wasnt 'missin nothin!" "BLAA!!" It wasnt like I recall at all,I thought it tasted like bananna? Nope! So seeing how my horse is half billy goat I gave her a bite....She even spit it out and refused to take another bite.So is it just me and horse that dosnt have the taste for pawpaws? Was they green or is there something I can do to doctor them up a bit?

this is a paw paw

05-24-2006 21:13:00
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) also known as a prairie banana or Ozark banana, is a genus of eight or nine species of small trees with large leaves and fruit, native to southeastern North America. The genus includes the largest edible fruit native to North America. They are understorey trees of deep fertile bottomland soils. The name, also spelled paw paw, paw-paw, and papaw, probably derives from the Spanish papaya, perhaps due to the superficial similarity of their fruit. Pawpaw is in the same family Annonaceae as the custard-apple, cherimoya, sweetsop, and soursop, and it is the only member of that family not confined to the tropics.

The pawpaws are shrubs or small trees, reaching heights of 2 to 12 m tall. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate, entire, 20 to 35 cm long and 10 to 15 cm broad. The northern, cold-tolerant common pawpaw is deciduous, while the southern species are often evergreen. The fetid flowers are produced singly or in clusters of up to eight together; they are large, 4 to 6 cm across, perfect, with six sepals and petals (three large outer petals, three smaller inner petals). The petal color varies from white to purple or red-brown. Pollinated by scavenging carrion flies and beetles, the flowers emit a weak scent which attracts few pollinators, thus limiting fruit production. Larger growers sometimes locate rotting meat near the trees at bloom time to increase the number of blowflies. Asimina triloba is the only larval host of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.

The fruit is a large edible berry, 5 to 16 cm long and 3 to 7 cm broad, weighing from 20 to 500 g, with numerous seeds; it is green when unripe, maturing to yellow or brown. It has a flavor somewhat similar to both banana and mango, varying significantly by cultivar, and has more protein than most fruits.

Illinios Boy

01-01-2006 16:12:40
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Good to get all this information about PawPaws. Until now I thought a PawPaw patch was a needle and thread repair on Grandpas trousers.

Illinois Boy

12-30-2005 10:57:08
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I once had an interesting experience with pawpaws. Anyone caring to hear of it can email me. The story is one of a number in a book titled, "I'll Have Fun If It Kills Me."
At one time my email began with GOLDBUG.(I am a life member of the Gold Prospecters of the Rockies, a prospecting club in Colorado.)Since I never found enough gold to warrant the title I just dropped the G and went with a title I can justify.

dex

01-11-2003 15:05:45
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Hi Ya Plowboy, If this is you from countrylife chats, come and say hi we all really miss you, esp Willy he needs your backup. Sandy

little deer

09-04-2002 14:36:53
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I have alot of pawspaws around my house 20 in all.Five cat paws and 1 dog paws.Haha

Heather Spann

07-24-2002 15:54:38
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What is a pawpaw patch

Wylie Kyote

02-11-2007 22:54:02
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I have a "paw"trait of my love. He-Ha

THOM

08-29-2005 21:21:24
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A PAW PAW IS A SWEET POTATO, IF MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT.

sam

11-23-2002 17:01:24
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i have raised everything but the most luck i have is a meow farm there are kitty cats everywhere!!!

Kim

11-17-2001 18:57:24
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Ignore me!

scooterhead

10-07-2001 05:20:48
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I have some Paw-Paws around the place and some are good eatin and some have the taste you are talkin about . I read somewhere about Paw-Paws as being raised as a crop and they talked about diferent strains some with good taste and some with very bad .

Hogman

10-05-2001 19:48:39
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I have a tree or two but sure ain't seen any fruit on em.
I remember eatin em up in Greene County over 60 years agone that wern't too bad when still green.
They're kinda like simmons tho , You can park under a tree,pig out and always tha last one Ya grab will be puckery as all getout with no more goodins ta get rid of tha taste.
I like to stop under a tree when feeding with the M/F ,can stand on tha deck and just feast away.
Ma Hog hates em.Some indian,huh.

Jim(MO)

10-04-2001 10:04:25
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Plowboy, where 'bouts you located in MO and how does one reconize a paw-paw. Have heard my dad speak often about them. I now have a few acres in Chariton county and would like to try to find him some. He's 81.

Alvin-Va

10-04-2001 05:57:54
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Plowboy,ole Lazy Hoss got it right,they need to be frost bit before they are good to eat.Course by the time the frost gets them,the squirrels and other animals have usually eaten most of them.
They taste best when you have been out huntin or fencing,etc. all mawin and breakfast has worn off and you ain't ready to go back home for dinner.Also,about this time of day simmons,walnuts and hickory nuts seem to have a better taste.If you are lucky,about here you will stumble on an old abondened house with an apple or pear tree in the yard.Kick around in the leaves and find some that the deer and possums have missed,whip out your'old timer'and start whittlin away the bad spots,won't get but about one bite per fruit,but it's worth it.
Ain't never been hongry enuf to seriously chew tree bark.I'm like a sorry dog,when the goin gets too bad,I'm headed for the back porch.
BTW.Pick some paw-paws and put them in a warm place to ripen,window sill,dash of the truck,etc.They won't taste the same as the ones Mother Nature has fixed,but will still taste kinda like a nanner.

LazyHorse

10-04-2001 04:51:03
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You probably ate em when they were too green. You want em after the frost when they are starting to darken and mushy like an overripe bananna.

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