Foraging Fun: Asimina triloba

Pawpaws: one of the most curious and extraordinary of foraged autumn delights. These fruits can weigh in at a 1/2 pound or more and are produced individually or in groups of up to 5 or 6 from small, thicket forming trees found wild in only a few sites in southern Ontario. They have a wonderfully sweet aroma when ripe that easily fills the whole room with a tropical fragrance. The flesh has a soft, creamy texture and a succulent custard/banana flavor. The ripe fruit won’t last for long and is difficult to adequately preserve (save for attempting to scoop out all of the flesh and freeze it before it oxidizes). They are truly unlike anything else that one can encounter either in the wild or being cultivated as a food tree in the whole of Canada. Continue reading “Foraging Fun: Asimina triloba”