PawPaw Harvest

Back in late September Jon and a crew of other Acorners went down to the river to harvest paw paws. They're a fruit that's native to Virginia, and taste kind of like banana custard. They look like greenish bananas shaped like large squishy kidney beans, and taste great :) It's nice to have fruit that late in the year!

Paw paws like to grow in the lower canopy of forests or on the edge of forests, and also close to streams. The trees are skinny and spindly with large, ovate, tropical looking leaves. The fruit comes in fall, and in Virginia that usually means late September/early October. It's easy to miss the window of ripeness, though, so keep checking! Paw paws are ripe when they start to get blackish on the skin and are a little mushy.