This will be a great test of my patience but one I am willing to overcome.
I first heard about pawpaws from a friend of mine a few years ago. They must be well known somewhere because I had to go on a waitlist for 2 years to get these trees. Who knows how they will grow and if they will taste good but I wanted to give it a try.
I want to thank @plantbasedgabriel who recommended the book For The Love of Pawpaws by Michael Judd. It has been very helpful and even has some recipes! Here is a couple quotes from the book:
“The pawpaw is a cousin to the custard apple and cherimoya, the only member of the tropical sugar apple family living in the temperate north. Basically, the pawpaw is a tropical fruit tree that hitchhiked its way north as the continental glaciers receded at the end of the Ice Age. The pawpaw is now found growing indigenously, primarily throughout the eastern United States and very southeastern part of Ontario.”
“The fruit of the pawpaw tree is intensely satisfying and nutritious. Indeed, it is challenging to eat more than one of these succulent-dare I say, heavenly-fruits at a time. The creamy, rich pulp has tropical flavors reminiscent of mango, pineapple, and banana that combine together to create a satisfying dessert.”