My only association with paw paws before now was the song about the paw paw patch my mom sang to me when I was little. I didn't know what they looked like, or how they tasted.
But Paul and I have always been kind of interested in foraging, and lately we stepped up our game by watching some videos and reading some books on the subject (I may do a post on these resources in the future - some of them were excellent).
Around our land, we have foraged things like wineberries, walnuts, acorns, persimmons, and morel mushrooms. I have plans to try a few things with dandelion roots this fall, when they are prime for digging.
But Paul found out about a place where they have paw paws. These are Virginia's largest native fruit. You pick them once they fall off and start turning brown. They taste kind of similar to a papaya.
I was a little wary, since resources online said that some people are allergic. So we each just tried a small amount. Turns out no one had any issues. And all of us liked the paw paws, except for Cort.
Paul saved a bunch of the seeds to try to plant some on our property, down by the stream. Apparently they like those sorts of areas, but can be a little hard to get the seeds started. We will see - maybe we'll have some growing in the future.