Stalking the Wild Pawpaw 

The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to America, weighing up to a pound.
The pawpaw, which grows throughout the Warner Parks, is the largest edible fruit native to America. Weighing up to a pound, the fruit is similar to a mango, with soft, thin skin and a tropical taste. Also known as the poor man’s banana, the pawpaw grows on a deciduous tree up to 20 feet tall and ripens between August and October. The pawpaw, which grows throughout the Warner Parks, is the largest edible fruit native to America. Weighing up to a pound, the fruit is similar to a mango, with soft, thin skin and a tropical taste. Also known as the poor man’s banana, the pawpaw grows on a deciduous tree up to 20 feet tall and ripens between August and October. Given its custardy texture, the pawpaw doesn’t take well to cooking, says Margot McCormack, chef and owner of Margot Café & Bar. She recommends serving the sliced fruit fresh atop a tart filled with plain pastry cream, on a pavlova with whipped cream and fruit sauce, or in a mousse in which the puréed fruit is added to a custard base, frozen and served with whipped cream.

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