[nafex] Global pawpaw expert bring his fruits to Kearneysville [The (Martinsburg, W. Va.) Journal]

mIEKAL aND qazingulaza at gmail.com
Tue Apr 30 08:45:59 EDT 2013


Charles, do you have any releases that are available in the US?


On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM, Charles Rhora <rhoras at nuttrees.com> wrote:

> Thank you for the very impressive write up.  I fully agree with the
> promotion of this exquisite fruit and it's many uses, not only for the
> commercial potential, but its use for medicinal purposes.
>
> I am located in Ontario, Canada, climatic zone 4, and have promoted their
> expansion in many aspects.  Having several acres to selected varieties (My
> selections from working with these for more than 30 years with cross
> pollination to obtain the best types for our climatic zone).
> We now have commercial planting in excess of 15 acres.  The fruit produced
> range in average weight from 6 ounces, up to 10 ounces in size.
>
> Most trees, in production, are producing up to 20 to 30 pounds of fruit
> which is sold to Restaurants, fetching up to $10.00 per pound, with the
> purchaser receiving the fruit, and processing it, and returning the seed to
> the buyer.  They keep it fresh, by freezing the pulp. It is widely known
> for
> its nutrition value, and is served as deserts, etc. to their customers.
>
> As a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers, back in 1974 they
> published "California Rare Fruit Yearbook" Volume 6 (340 pages) solely
> devoted to Asimina Triloba which I have in my possession and gives a
> complete history up to that date, which I use quite frequently, in my
> experimental work.
>
> I have attached a picture, showing the fruiting habit of this tree.
>
> Charles Rhora
>
> Member of Nafex, Northern Nut Growers Association, Society of Ontario Nut
> Growers, and membership in several overseas plant breeding association.
>
>
>
>
>
>
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> Global pawpaw expert brings his fruits to Kearneysville April 27, 2013 By
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> KEARNEYSVILLE - Neal Peterson stood overlooking the volunteers planting
> some
> 50 dozen small pawpaw trees. Some still in pots, all grouped by families,
> the tiny trees were the creation of his own hands and many years of
> research.
>
> Peterson, a global expert on the pawpaw fruit, began his research in the
> 1980s by looking through antique collections dating back to the early
> 1920s.
> The best material of his results was shared with 11 different universities,
> and the work continues today.
>
> "I was evaluating quality, flavor, color - anything that could someday be
> in
> a grocery store," Peterson said.
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> Volunteers spent Thursday planting 600 pawpaw trees at the Kearneysville
> Tree Fruit Research and Education Center.
>
> The pawpaw native to the Eastern Panhandle grows on trees ranging from 20
> to
> 30 feet in height. The variety varies in different areas - pawpaws in
> Florida grow on small shrubs only 3 feet tall.
>
> By hand-pollinating a mixture of different mother and father plants,
> Peterson used hybridization to create his own trees, growing between 8 and
> 10 feet tall, and named the varieties for local places such as the Potomac,
> Shenandoah and Susquehanna.
>
> Pawpaws native to the Eastern Panhandle can be found growing along the
> Potomac River and the C&O Canal. The leaves are simple and oblong with
> smooth edges. The fruit varies in size, depending on the number of seeds
> inside - it can be anywhere from a hen's egg to the size of a large mango.
> The taste is similar to a banana or mango.
>
> Some believe this fruit could revolutionize the orchard industry in the
> Eastern Panhandle, which has been dwindling since the apple industry began
> shrinking in the 1990s.
>
> According to Dr. Alan Biggs of West Virginia University's Kearneysville
> Tree
> Fruit Research and Education Center, the dropoff in the apple industry was
> caused by low processed apple prices and fruit juice coming from China.
>
> "West Virginia is ranked anywhere from 6 to 12 in the nation for apple
> production, and this station has been a big part of that," Biggs said.
>
> Through communication with Peterson over several years, Biggs was able to
> bring the Peterson Pawpaw Project to the research center as an experimental
> orchard.
>
> Volunteers spent Thursday in the dirt, planting six long rows, each of 100
> small pawpaw trees, over more than one-quarter of an acre.
>
> Andy Moore, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of the volunteers helping to plant
> the trees. He is in the midst of writing a book on the history of the
> pawpaw
> fruit, and has conducted several interviews with Peterson for his research.
>
> "It's a mystery to me why folks don't know about (the pawpaw)," Moore said.
> "It can be found in the woods anywhere in this part of the country. It's
> this unknown thing, although it surrounds us."
>
> "Also, it tastes really good," he said.
>
> The small orchard in Kearneysville serves as an experiment for future uses.
> Peterson said, for example, Ocean Spray had expressed interest, after
> tasting some of his samples, in doing laboratory experiments with the
> pawpaw
> and other juice blends - the company requested a ton of pawpaws to do
> experiments.
>
> "Well, you have to already have some orchards going for that," Peterson
> said, adding that dealings with Ocean Spray will be down the road.
>
> The trees planted Thursday were between one and two years old, but like
> everything, Peterson said, the pawpaws have to start somewhere.
>
> "There was a time in the Eastern Panhandle when the first apple orchard
> went
> in, shortly after the Civil War, then it became a thriving apple industry.
> This is experimental, because, unlike the apple, pawpaw is very little
> known," Peterson said.
>
> - Staff writer Michelle Horst can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 138, or
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