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  • From: Elizabeth Hilborn <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Pawpaw report - differences among fruit on same tree
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:11:38 -0400

Interesting Lee. Because this is my first crop, and I am learning when pawpaws are ripe, I did not pick any, I just gathered the drops. So they were all ripe enough to drop!

Have you noticed variability in color from a single tree as well?

On 9/24/2013 8:55 PM, Lee Reich wrote:
I have always been amazed at the differences in flavor and size of fruits on
a single tree. When you factor in degree of ripeness, the flavor differences
become even greater, although much of the flavor difference might be due to
differences in ripeness because all the fruits on a tree do not ripen
together. The spread is greater than for many fruit trees.
Lee Reich, PhD
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On Sep 24, 2013, at 8:45 PM, Elizabeth Hilborn wrote:

My 6 year at site Shenandoah has finally produced a crop. My 2 year at
site Potomac produced a single flower which apparently was enough to
pollinate multiple Shenandoah flowers.

The taste of the fuit was very good, but what really caught my attention
was the variability among the fruits; some of them had creamy white
flesh, some pale yellow and some a peach color. The flavors differed
among fruits too- from a vanilla-custard to a tutti fruity sweetness,
and the one I had today tasted just like a very ripe banana.

I guess it is normal for fruit sizes to differ depending upon the fruit
growing alone or in a cluster- I did observe that as well. Has anyone
else noticed this kind of color and flavor variability from a single
selected variety?

Betsy Hilborn
7a NC

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