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Scientific Name:Asimina triloba
Common Name(s): pawpaw
Parts Used: fruit
nell67 22 Jul, 2008
Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to North America.
They are high in vitamin C magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese, are a good source of potassium, and several amino acids, contain significant amounts of riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc, containing these nutrients in amounts equal or greater than found in apples, bananas or oranges. They are also higher in protein than most other fruit.
Research has shown that Pawpaw trees produce natural compounds in leaf, bark, and twig tissue that possess anti-cancer properties.
Fully ripe pawpaws last only a few days at room temperature, but may be kept for a week in the refrigerator. If fruit is refrigerated before it is fully ripe, it can be kept for up to three weeks, and can then be allowed to finish ripening at room temperature.
Ripe pawpaw flesh, with skin and seeds removed, can be pureed and frozen for later use. Some people even freeze whole fruits.
They have a taste similar to a banana or mango,and can be used interchangably in recipes calling for either.
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horacehockey 11 Jul, 2009
Boiling the pungent smelling leaves in straight apple cider vinegar makes an effective fly repellant. I use this on my horses. boiling a bit of sasafras bark in it as well works a bit better.