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Old 10-09-2015, 04:56 PM   #11
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Tell me about "pawpaws!"

I understand your confusion. Papayas are tropical, and have small black seeds, about the size of a black peppercorn. They're commonly served in Mexico. Pawpaws grow, apparently, from Michigan down to Florida. The names are commonly swapped out, but they're different fruits.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:28 PM   #12
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That is very confusing. The link that Katie H provided shows papaya and pawpaws. Apparently, papaya is also referred to as pawpaw.
Sorry, didn't mean to generate any confusion. However, papaya and pawpaw do seem to be similar in appearance.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:10 PM   #13
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I've got lots of Paw Paws on my property.

They aren't bad.

Kind of a custard like texture when ripe.

I wouldn't go out of my way to harvest them for consumption.

Now's the time to pick them if you want them.

They should be firm yet not soft. Sorta like an Avocado.

I usually leave them for the tree rats (Squirrels) and other wild life to eat.

They taste nothing like a papaya.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:51 PM   #14
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That is very confusing. The link that Katie H provided shows papaya and pawpaws. Apparently, papaya is also referred to as pawpaw.
This might help clear it up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paw_Paw
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:02 AM   #15
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We grow heaps of pawpaws here in Oz. Personally, I can't stand the taste, but it's a very popular fruit grown in the tropics. Interesting fact is that there are actually different male and female trees.

When I lived in the tropics of N. Queensland, a pawpaw tree just started growing in the backyard without any help from me and my roommates. But, that's normal for living in the tropics! :-)
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We grow heaps of pawpaws here in Oz. Personally, I can't stand the taste, but it's a very popular fruit grown in the tropics. Interesting fact is that there are actually different male and female trees.

When I lived in the tropics of N. Queensland, a pawpaw tree just started growing in the backyard without any help from me and my roommates. But, that's normal for living in the tropics! :-)
You're referring to a different fruit. The American pawpaw is Asimina triloba while the tropical pawpaw, also known as papaya, is Carica papaya.
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