[nafex] paw paw taste

mark wessel growyourown at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 24 08:39:36 EST 2020


I love paw paw and eat them every day when I am at work. We have many named varieties including most of the Peterson material. My favorites are Shenandoah, Potomac and a few selections from Jerry Lehman. Only numbers for Jerry's. A few things things separate my favorites from wild populations and some other named varieties. All of my favorites have sweet, pure and intense flavor with no off flavors. No earthy or green notes come through. Texture is better and seed to pulp ratio is very good. Some varieties and wild trees are packed with seeds.

We have a long season of ripening starting in mid to late august and extending into October some years. I thoroughly enjoy eating them with no worries or feelings of guilt until someone brings up the study about paw paws causing parkinson’s disease. What a buzz kill.


> On Nov 24, 2020, at 8:25 AM, Lee Reich <leeareich at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I think it takes a certain amount of eating pawpaws to lose your taste for them. I’ve noticed this in other once-pawpaw-enthusiasts also.
> 
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>> On Nov 24, 2020, at 5:47 AM, Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net> wrote:
>> 
>> I have only tasted two named varieties Mango and Shenandoah.  They were both delicious, sweet, fruity, bright without the taste/smell of overripe banana (tang) that the wild fruits contain.
>> 
>> There was a 6 year gap between tasting them so I cannot compare their tastes directly. I do remember the mango surprised me with its deliciousness.
>> 
>> In my experience, the selected varieties are worth the effort. That is why I keep trying to buy grafted trees and to graft my sprouts.
>> 
>> Elizabeth
>> 
>> On 11/24/2020 5:41 AM, Alan Haigh wrote:
>>> I believe that some people can taste the slight toxic tang of paw paws and
>>> some can't.  Those that can't think they are absolutely delicious and those
>>> that can are never big fans. Unfortunately, like Lee,  I fall in the latter
>>> group.
>>> 
>>> I've never tasted a Peterson variety, though.
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