[NAFEX] Selling pawpaws
pxbacher.ls at comcast.net
Mon Sep 25 12:42:33 EDT 2006
Backyard Fruit Grower (BYFG) had their annual pawpaw "tours" two
weekends ago - 9/16 & 9/17.
The Saturday tour is of backyards & home orchards (all trees were
selected from the wild as far as I know; no named cultivars at the
backyards/orchards we usually visit). I'm told this year's harvest was
huge, but I didn't make the Saturday trip - maybe someone who did will
chime in. It seems like getting the timing pretty much dead-on this
The Sunday tour is of a few wild "patches" down along the Susquehanna
river. We seemed to be just a bit early this year at our first
location, but we still collected quite a few ripe pawpaws. There may
have been fewer this year than the most I've seen in past years in that
location, but not by much.
At the second location a bit lower and facing more to the west, the
pawpaws weren't yet ripe. When we time it right, the fruit has started
to fall but most are still on the trees. This time there was nothing on
the ground, and shaking the trees didn't get us anything either.
Looking up, I did see a fair amount of fruit, but I think noticeably
less than I've seen in "banner" past years.
My two Peterson pawpaws (Susquehanna & Shenandoah) were just old enough
to flower this spring, but one was early and the other late, so no fruit
this year :-( If that happens again next spring, I'll visit a friend
with a larger collection a few towns over for some pollen :-)
SE PA - Zone 6B
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