Jonathan Foust

September 17, 2009

Come to Paw Paw

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 7:04 pm

You may not know that it’s Paw Paw harvest time, a season which lasts between three and five minutes.  Paw Paw trees line much of the Potomac River and the fruit shifts from being ripe to being rotten right in front of your eyes.  That’s why, if you’ve ever tasted this local banana/mango tasting fruit, it’s probably been in a jelly or jam.

I didn’t know there were ‘tropical’ type fruits in this region.  If you’d like to learn more than you’d ever really want to know, you can check out this link on Wikipedia.

Incredibly sweet.  Nice fruit, too.

Exotic. Rare. Nice fruit, too.



  1. I’ve been intrigued by these fruits since I first heard of them during a hike at Great Falls. Is tomorrow too late to hunt for them?

    Comment by Tony Mayo — September 18, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    • There are still some falling. I think the trick is to catch them very soon after they land. My guess is they fall when ripe, then rot within the day. I saw some this morning. Tomorrow may be your lucky day!

      Comment by jonathanfoust — September 18, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  2. Hmmm…the squirrels seem to run around with them for several months. I’m sure any squirrel will trade a paw paw for a peanut. 😉

    Comment by Janna — September 18, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  3. Love pawpaws! Also, use any excuse to say the name as many times as possible. Pawpaw.

    Comment by Ellen — September 21, 2009 @ 11:39 am

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