Maryland or Pennsylvania
Paw paws (Asimina triloba, aka papaws, custard apples, wild bananas, prairie bananas) are a North American fruit with a creamy flavor that is something like a cross between a mango, a pear and a banana. They average about 4” long and have a strong scent, smooth, yellow-green skin, and yellow flesh with many seeds and a custard-like consistency.
Paw paws are a relative of cherimoyas. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are said to have been very fond of them.
Store fresh paw paws in your refrigerator. Freeze for long term storage.
Up to 2 weeks fresh, much longer frozen.
RECIPES & TIPS
Paw paws are commonly eaten fresh, but also make excellent sorbets and baked goods. They puree well for use as an ingredient.