[nafex] paw paw taste -pawpaw-associated illness

Elizabeth Hilborn ehilborn at mebtel.net
Tue Nov 24 08:45:48 EST 2020

I dry much of my fruit as I can't eat it all fresh nor do I have the 
freezer space.

A memorable experiment was dried pawpaw.
Slices of beautiful, ripe fruit set in my dehydrator. Dried to 
perfection. Imagine my delight when I first tasted the dried fruit. 
Sweet, fruity, leathery, but easy to chew. I ate a single piece then 
went out to do evening farm chores. Within an hour I started feeling 
bad. Abdominal pain then a building nausea.

I was not able to eat dinner that evening. Felt well in the morning.

The next evening as I unloaded the dehydrator I ate another piece of 
dried pawpaw. Again within an hour, the same deal- pain, nausea. I had 
to go lay down for the night. Again, no dinner.

Maybe some people do not feel well after eating the fresh fruit and stop 
enjoying it over time.

I have NO idea why dried pawpaw does this to me while I can still eat 
(and enjoy) fresh pawpaw.

Any ideas?


On 11/24/2020 8:25 AM, Lee Reich 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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Elizabeth Hilborn, DVM
Bee Well Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC

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