Pawpaw Tree at Fayetteville Lake

Pawpaw Tree at Fayetteville Lake

It’s an Arkansas Banana Tree ( Pawpaw ) or  (Amsonia triloba)

Can’t wait to try the fruit from one of these. Will keep you posted with pics and what ever else I find.

There is a wonderful trail that goes around Fayetteville Lake. One of the trails is paved and is great for walking and keeping your shoes clean. The other is a dirt trail that is frequented by bicycles and hikers that want to be off the beaten path and enjoy nature a little closer. I get a lot of enjoyment from both, because I can see all the different varieties of plants that grow here in North West Arkansas (NWA).

The Pawpaw Tree shown here is small and its still early in the season. The fruit is just starting to grow and populate the tree.

Taken from Wikipedia

Asimina triloba, the papaw,[1] pawpawpaw pawpaw-pawcommon pawpawQuaker delight, or hillbilly mango [2] is a small deciduous tree native to the eastern United States and Canada, producing a large, yellowish-green to brown fruit. It belongs to the genus Asimina in the same plant family (the Annonaceae) as the custard-applecherimoyasweetsopylang-ylang and soursop.

The pawpaw is a patch-forming (clonal) understory tree found in well-drained, deep, fertile bottom-land and hilly upland habitat, with large, simple leaves. Pawpaw fruits are the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States (not counting gourds, which are typically considered vegetables rather than fruit for culinary purposes, although in botany they are classified as fruit).[3]

Pawpaw fruits have a sweet, custardish flavor somewhat similar to bananamango, and cantaloupe, and are commonly eaten raw, but are also used to make ice cream and baked desserts.

Soon as they are ripe and ready for picking I will post a few pics and also try some recipes. I’m here the they taste like a banana and are also known as the Arkansas Banana. So I’m going to bet there are going to be a few great recipes to try.

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