Found: The Paw Paw Tree
I recommend that you read my last post titled “Wild Onions” if you haven’t already.
I have done my family tree many times but, the last time I did it, Paw Paw came up. I made it my personal mission to find out what a Paw Paw is. It is a tree that is indigenous to the area where my people are from.
I began talking with a Mama at Manistee and she told me she saw one in Paw Paw. I said, I have to make it my personal mission to find the Paw Paw Tree. Who goes to Paw Paw and doesn’t even know about the Paw Paw Tree? I am no genius but I refuse to be the village idiot.
I looked at many sources, (to help with identification) some gave correct facts but many had incorrect ones. I found actual photos and pics of papayas.
So I said to myself, “ it will probably be the fruit I have never seen before.”
When we got to Paw Paw Z and I decided to take a walk up the road to find the Paw Paw tree. We walked up the road for 5 minutes and there it was: right next the blackberry and pear trees. I used process of elimination.
Z and I also took some samples to see what it tastes like. I am pretty sure they were not ripe but the flavor was like a combination of a pear and a green apple. It was really sour.