Every year Pawpaw season blooms for a few fleeting weeks starting in late August before disappearing just as quickly as it came. For many who know and love this indigenous fruit, pawpaw season is an exciting time highlighting the close of summer and the beginning of fall, but for most the pawpaw and its rich American history comes and goes without notice….
It is Pawpaw season! Our Heritage pawpaws come from the rolling hills of Carroll County Maryland at the Deep Run Pawpaw Orchard where Jim Davis has been raising these fruits for over 10 years! The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States. Pawpaws are indigenous to 26 states in the US, rangeing from northern Florida to southern Ontario and as far west as eastern Nebraska.
They have provided delicious and nutritious food for Native Americans, European explorers, settlers and wild animals. They are still enjoyed in modern America, chiefly in rural areas. There are more than 27 varieties currently available.
Deep Run Pawpaw Orchard produces seven named varieties of pawpaw:
- Susquehanna – sweet, mild
- Alleghany – sweet, mild (great in ice cream!)
- Overleese – sweet and fruity
- Shenandoah – sweet tasting, fruity flavor
- Pennsylvania Gold – Stronger flavor
- Taytwo – Stronger flavor
Each fruit will be marked so that you know what you are eating.
The unique flavor of the pawpaw fruit resembles a blend of various tropical flavors, including banana, pineapple and mango. The common names, ‘poor man’s banana’, ‘American custard pie’, and ‘Kentucky banana’ reflect these qualities.