Sunday, September 23, 2007
Check it out. Angelica found this strange fruit while we were walking thru the woods today (illegally might I add on the Christendom trails--which according to their new sign is off limits to alumnae??????--what the heck. . . . )
Well they smelled so yummy that we harvested a bunch of them by shaking the trees and brought them home. When I showed them to my most knowlegable husband, He said, "hmmmmm, looks like pawpaws." Which is exactly what they are. They apparently were a staple in the Indian and early American colonial diet, being George Washington's favorite dessert--(chilled pawpaw). Unlike their wild friends, the blueberry, cranberry, etc they never were domesticized because they don't keep well enough to make it to markets and grocers. But that doesn't stop them from being the largest native north American fruit.
Did I mention they smell like mangos? (I'm sold. )
So tonight the patriotic Hatkes are following George washington's lead and haveing chilled pawpaw for dessert.