Apples, Oranges, Bananas. These are some of the most popular fruits in North America, however none of them are indigenous. The largest fruit that is indigenous to North America is the Pawpaw.
This is what the inside looks like. People often mistake Pawpaws for Papayas, but they are not alike at all.
Pick A Pawpaw
– The earliest documentation of pawpaws is in the 1541 report of the Spanish de Soto expedition. He found Native Americans cultivating it east of the Mississippi River.
– The chilled fruit was a favorite dessert of George Washington.
– Thomas Jefferson planted the trees at his home in Virginia, Monticello.
– The Lewis and Clark Expedition sometimes subsisted on them during their travels.
– The common pawpaw was designated as the Ohio state native fruit in 2009.
– Pawpaws are indigenous to 26 states in the U.S.
– Only frozen fruit will store or ship well, they do not last long once ripe.
Did you ever wonder?
Baloo says “When you pick a pawpaw, or a prickly pear.” in The Bare Necessities, now you know what it means! It’s a fruit that I am very interested in trying, and I hope that someday I get to!