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Paw Paws?

Have you ever heard of Paw Paws?

My friend Rachel has recently introduced us to these mysterious little fruits. Apparently you can shake a tree and have the paw paws fall out, which her kids enjoy doing.

Jack, Poppy and I searched our property to no avail, so she kindly dropped off a bag for us.

I immediately could smell the sweet scent of the bag and had Jack try one with me. Last night after dinner I had two for dessert. This morning I'm doing some research and thought I'd share for anyone like me that had never heard of them.


By Elizabeth Matthews, Botanist for National Capital Region Network, Inventory & Monitoring program Pawpaw trees in the forest understoryNPSWith leaves and branches that deer avoid, and fruit that is loved by all, the pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a fascinating native tree. It’s the only local member of a large, mainly-tropical plant family (Annonaceae), and produces the largest edible fruit native to North America. Despite being a small, understory tree, unlikely to ever grow into the forest canopy, pawpaw is the most frequently observed sapling in forest monitoring plots tracked by the National Capital Region Network Inventory & Monitoring program (NCRN I&M) . What do we know about the ecology of pawpaw in our region, and what could its dominance mean for our future forests?

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