Mango and banana in one,this is how the taste of the pawpaws usually described.
This tropical fruit, considered to be the largest native grown in North America is making a comeback,after disappearing from the United States many years ago when farmers decided that other crops could be more lucrative.In recent years the food has been slowly introduced in Virginia and Maryland and the exotic tree is back where is belongs,says Michael Judd the organizer of a Paw Paw festival that took place in Frederick Maryland.Pawpaw is officially at home again he told the crowd claiming that we have climate change to thank for that.
“And it has that energy and people here today, there’s an excitement because they’re trying something totally new.But also exotic that grows here and so like when you’re just trying something like that it’s it kind of blows your perception which is nice .We need that, right?”
This is pawpaw jam, Brian Redmond shares the secret recipe.“We just deport them in here add some lemon juice to decrease the acidity and preserve them and a little sugar to taste and put that on toast and other fruits.You can spread it on apples and it’s just all-around delicious.”
This homemade jam goes well with pawpaw beer says another participant.
“For this particular, ginger beer, we’ve added in some pawpaw essence as well, it has a lot of sugar in it, the pawpaw,so you add that in instead of this a sweetener and it’s pretty delicious. ”
Pawpaw can be added to ice cream and used as a pizza topping most agree.However that is best consumed fresh.Kids especially love it, says this mother of a toddler who did not have much of an appetite today,until he tried the fruit.And she cannot get enough of this pawpaw.
“It is amazing. He is just eating it to his heart content.”
They could show that Native Americans in early European settlers enjoyed this exotic fruit as well as at least two US presidents,George Washington reportedly loved it as a dessert and Thomas Jefferson cultivated pawpaw trees in his Monticello home.
Milena Gjorgjievska VOA News Washington
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