[NAFEX] pawpaws in the news
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Wed Sep 22 13:13:33 EDT 2004
Pawpaw is another name for the tropical fruit papaya. The cold-hardy
pawpaw, to -30 degrees F. or colder, is Asimina triloba, a delicious
fruit tasting somewhat like vanilla custard and banana. My book
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden has a whole chapter on the cold-hardy
pawpaws, which also are pest-free and require little or no pruning.
On Sep 22, 2004, at 10:55 AM, Pat Meadows wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 07:33:44 -0700, you wrote:
> According to Baloo the Bear from Disney's "The Jungle Book,"
> the papaw grows in the jungles of India.
> In "The Bare Necessities," he sings "now when you pick a
> pawpaw or a prickly pear and you prick a raw paw next time
> Poor Rudyard Kipling must be spinning in his grave in
> I have still never tasted a pawpaw and I'm giving up on it
> (almost). We could plant two pawpaw trees but from what
> I've read they would not fruit in our relatively short
> frost-free season (often well under 120 days).
> If it flowers in late April or early May, as I have read,
> this is way before our last killing frost date - which is
> often in June, sometimes in mid-to-late June. This year,
> our last killing frost was June 4. (And the first killing
> frost of Autumn was September 20.)
> If I'm wrong, and if frost doesn't bother the pawpaw
> flowers, will someone please tell me?
> Pat - in the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania's chilly
> Northern Tier
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