The problem, from a commercial perspective, with the pawpaw is that the season is short, the fruit is fragile and thus difficult to transport. Despite such issues, efforts have been ongoing to create a more durable fruit that can be shared with more people. The fruit itself is rich in nutrients and has a tropical flavor. They can be found in several locations along the Ohio River and throughout the midwest/southeast regions. The fruit is green and, as it ripens, the skin turns more yellow/brown and picks up black splotches (that don't seem to in anyway affect the taste). The fruit is rich in vitamins A and C.
The following is a link to a great article on the long and rich history of pawpaws in the US:
The article is written by Ronald Powell PhD and provides a historical perspective on the importance of the pawpaw to Native Americans, as well as the great explorers of the United States.
Last week our friend Kayak Steve met us at the Green Kayak Market with a bag full of pawpaws. He found a small grove of trees in a small tributary off the Ohio River while kayaking. We will definitely paddle back to get more of this wonderful, forgotten fruit. Oh what life on the river brings...