Pawpaws ripen to the point of fermentation within days of being picked. (Photo: Jenni Veal)
Last Friday, I was standing in a river with a friend who had volunteered to shake the trunks of some pawpaw trees so I could catch their ripe fruit. The desire to get my hands on this exotic-tasting native fruit drove me to this wild foraging behavior.
The pawpaw fruits we gathered weighed a few ounces each, and a few hit me on the head as they fell off the tree. The others plopped into the shallow water and we scrambled to gather them from the river…
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