The Paw Paw tree (Asimina triloba) is indigenous to 26 states in the United States.
The Paw Paw is also called poor man's banana and Indiana banana.
Historically, the fruit was enjoyed by Native Americans and early European settlers alike.
Today the Paw Paw, which often grows along the banks of rivers and streams, is a convenient snack for kayakers and a staple in the autumn diets of many country dwellers.
The Paw Paw is high in protein, antioxidants, vitamins A and C and several essential minerals.
The Paw Paw taste like a cross between a banana and mango. It turns dark brown when ripe and the outer skin peels very easily. Just before the skin turns brown, it has a reddish yellow tint just like a mango and tastes closer to a mango than a banana.
The Paw Paw bruise easily and has a two to three day shelf life at room temperature when ripe.
The Paw Paw's maroon blossom, while beautiful, is said to smell like rotting meat.
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