I'll get to the most interesting post first-----the West Virginia Banana, or as they are more commonly called, the pawpaw.
Pawpaws have been around for a long time. DeSoto in 1541 found the Native Americans cultivating it east of the Mississippi River and Lewis and Clark depended on it during their travels. Thomas Jefferson planted it at Monticello and George Washington enjoyed it as a dessert.
The best way to eat it is to bite the top off, squeeze the fruit out, and spit the seeds as you go. And there are a lot of seeds! These big seeds, as seen in the picture below, were taken from one small pawpaw.
The ripe fruit has a very short shelf life of 2 or 3 days. A tropical fruit far from the tropics! They have three times as much vitamin C as an apple, twice as much riboflavin and niacin as an orange, and about the same potassium as a banana. They have been called the "poor man's banana."
I remember going to my Aunt Gracie's as a child and picking them in the woods behind her house.
They are pungent and I can only eat a few before I tire of them for the season. You might say it's an acquired taste, you love them or you hate them.
My two younger sons went pawpaw searching and only came back with a few. I believe it was a little too early to pick them yet, but they were anxious to find some. Maybe they will try again later. Below are three I'm holding in my hand.
As you can see they aren't a very pretty fruit. Some old timers wont eat them until they turn entirely black.
Here is a fun site I found to read about pawpaws.
NOW, on to our big potatoes.
We've grown red potatoes in our garden the last couple of years. We hate dealing with the potato bugs, but love home grown potatoes, especially the red ones.
We're still digging them out of the ground. I sent my son to the garden Sunday to dig some for me to cook, he came back with these:
Here's the biggest one by itself. You don't have to peel many of these for a bowl of mashed potatoes!
Hope you enjoyed my post.
Let's have an informal poll.
Do you like pawpaws, or would you rather eat the red potatoes?