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Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2017 at 6:05pm

Oh, other question.  I planted my trees.  They were from mail order nurseries.  Another quirk, they are much more difficult to transplant than most fruit trees, so they are shipped much smaller to start out.  Mine range from 2 feet to 8 feet tall now.  I would love it if there was even just one pawpaw next year.

What's planned for Thanksgiving dinner?

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2017 at 5:59pm

Carl, my climate is milder than many places where pawpaws grow, but Spring here is more chilly and rainy.  That can interfere with development of fruit from pollinated embryo.  The other weirdness about pawpaws is, they have a stinky flower, evolved to attract carrion - seeking beetles and flies, unlike most fruit varieties that have sweet fragrances to attract bees.  So there need to be stinky-liking bugs and beetles around.  I hand-pollinated mine, 2 years in a row.  I thought fruits were starting to develop, then they fell off. Maybe it's the chilly weather at pollination time.  Or maybe the trees are just too immature and need more time.  They are the slowest growing trees in my orchard, grow about 1 to 1.5 feet per year.  Peaches, plums, apples, persimmons, cherries, pears, gris 2,3, even 4 feet in a year.

There might be some confusion,  Papayas are sometimes also called pawpaw.  They are not at all related.  Papaya is a true tropical fruit.  There are pawpaws in Japan and Europe, but I read, not many.

Comment by Patricia on November 18, 2017 at 1:29pm

The last Cornish hen I bought was tough & stringy.....haven't purchased any since.

Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 1:23pm

As far as I can find most pawpaws are import, and here grown in greenhouses.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2017 at 1:13pm

Daniel, did plant your pawpaw trees or were they naturally there on your property?  I don't think your area would get much colder than the eastern parts of the US where they are most abundant, so perhaps you'll have some luck getting fruit one of these years.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2017 at 1:06pm

Chris, are the pawpaws you eat locally grown in the Netherlands?

Wikipedia says they taste like a combination of banana and mango.  That sounds good to me!  And yes, they are very healthy to eat.

Spud, I've always liked raisins.  When I was a little kid I used to knock on the door of a nice neighbor three houses down because she would give me one of those little tiny boxes of Sun-Maid Raisins, the kind some people give out at Halloween.  And of course I love chocolate-covered raisins, too!

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2017 at 10:54am

I've tasted pawpaws but not fresh home grown ones.  The ones I tasted were goid, creamy texture like avocado but tropical fruot flavor.  i have young pawpaw trees, ranging from 3 to 6 years old, but no fruits on my young trees so far.  I dont kniw if they will produce fruit in my climate. 

Spud, that sounds good.  I usually steam brocoli or cauliflower.  Yesterday I roasted Brussel's sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, onions, rosemary in 425 F oven, in cast iron skillet.  Mix at 15 min, total cooking time 40 min.  Roasting carbonizes them a little and sweetens a little.  I also like roasted veggies because I can clean up the kitchen while they are cooking.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2017 at 10:12am

Just had a very delicious breakfast.  Yesterday, in the microwave oven, I cooked a couple of frozen packages of brocoli fluorets with butter and margarine, until they were quite soft.  This morning I reheated a bowl full with added MSG and Lawry's Seasoned Salt.

I've had them before with similer preparation, but don't remember being this impressed.  I also add them to other dishes, but they don't seem to dramatically improve those dishes.  

I think this will be my prefered way of eating them from now on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2017 at 9:55am

Never tasted a pawpaw.  

That video mentioned "Mother f.. California raisins."   I dissagree.  I don't care for the taste unless put into cookies, but I like them dancing.  I even have an xmas DVD that has them singing.  Fun.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2017 at 9:47am

A couple of years ago, I bought a Cornish game hen at WinCo.  After I found out it was just a chicken, cost more, and I couldn't taste a difference from other chicken, I decided not to buy one again.


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