"Carl's Lounge" (Off-Topic Discussion, Traditional Knife "Tales & Vignettes")

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    To pick a pawpaw you need a fofork :p:D
     
  2. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

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    Apr 24, 2019
    Pawpaws are a native fruit that grow on a very small tree. I have only ever seen them growing within a couple hundred yards of the river. It is hard to describe the flavor but if you like mangoes you would like them. It seems there is a very narrow window to find ripe ones growing wild - one week they are hard as rocks and they next week they are on the ground rotting or eaten by animals. I must have stumbled on just the right time today.

    To be fair, today’s bike ride was almost exactly 5 hours, with some dawdling. It would take you probably 1-1/2 hours to get downtown even by the most direct route.
     
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  3. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    In Africa, one day you eat mango, next day a [pawpaw] papaya. Problem is all [pawpaw] papaya (originating from Mexico) in North America are GMO. Well well well... :p:p:p

    edited sept1st
     
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  4. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I believe the paw paw is a relative of the kiwi which is native to Michigan. They are a little tricky because they're ready to eat when very ripe. A pudding-like consistency. [Beat me to it, Just Tom.]
     
  5. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    No, they come from Mexico, like corn, unfortunately, same fate over the pond.
     
  6. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Wikipedia agrees with me, so you're probably right.
     
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  7. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    511
    Apr 24, 2019
    There may be different varieties, but the ones that grow here are definitely native to the region. The Federal Government agrees with me:https://www.nps.gov/articles/pawpaw.htm

    Note they are not available in stores, you have to find them growing wild. They are not cultivated and unless you spend a lot of time outdoors you most likely have no idea they even grow here.
     
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  8. Cutfinger

    Cutfinger Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Fascinating!
    I've been stuffing my face lately, with peaches and grapes, and nectarines from the Niagara region. And eating wild blueberries and blackberries. All of these wonderful things to eat, and they last but for a short time...

    I'm fattening up on good stuff! :);)
     
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  9. JustinR

    JustinR Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Here in the opposite corner of Virginia we have wild pawpaw trees everywhere in the woods. I’ve heard they are pretty good to eat but like you I’ve never come across one fit to eat.
     
  10. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    511
    Apr 24, 2019
    When do you go into hibernation?:D
     
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  11. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    My mistake, I was thinking to papaya, :eek::oops: learnt something today! :thumbsup:
     
  12. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I tasted one once. My sister has a pair of them (I think you need a pair to get fruit).
     
  13. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    511
    Apr 24, 2019
    That would be an easy mistake to make, and probably most people around here don’t even know about them - never mind from across an ocean!
     
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  14. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Found there's also pawpaw French! :eek::D
     
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  15. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    511
    Apr 24, 2019
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  16. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    511
    Apr 24, 2019
    Anybody in the path of Hurricane Dorian? I heard it is changing track and I believe our friend David @Misplaced Hillbilly is in coastal North Carolina.
     
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  17. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I'll stick to peaches and pears.
     
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  18. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    and apples.
     
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  19. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    They taste good in ice cream.
     
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  20. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Pickin’ up paw paws,
    Put ‘em in your pocket
    Pickin’ up paw paws,
    Put ‘em in your pocket
    Pickin’ up paw paws,
    Put ‘em in your pocket
    Way down yonder in the paw paw patch
     
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