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Pawpaw - In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit

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As fruits go, the pawpaw is about as unique, historically important, and yet mysteriously undervalued as it gets.  The pawpaw tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango and is the largest edible fruit native to the United States.  It grows wild in twenty-six states, has been memorialized in folk songs and poems, and has inspired dozens of place names from Georgia to Illinois.  Its trees are an organic grower's dream, requiring no pesticides or herbicides to thrive, and it contains compounds that are among the most potent anticancer agents yet discovered.

In Pawpaw, author Andrew Moore takes readers on a first-person journey through the past, present, and future of this unique fruit.  Along the way, Moore gathers pawpaw lore and knowledge not only from the plant breeders and horticulturists working to bring pawpaws into the mainstream, but everyday folks who remember eating them in the woods as kids but never since.  Pawpaw also probes deeper questions---how economic, biologic, and cultural forces combine to define what Americans eat while often ignoring the incredible, delicious food growing within reach.

Contents:  Foreword, Prologue

Part I - PAWPAWS IN HISTORY:  1. What is a Pawpaw? 2. A brief history of Pawpaws in America, 3. Toward domestication, 4. A tale of two fruits

Part II - PAWPAWS TO THE PEOPLE:  5. Johnny Pawpawseed, 6. Hunting the lost Ketter fruit, 7. Peterson's gambit, 8. In the orchard, 9. The Ohio Pawpaw Festival, 10. Tobacco, acetogenins, and ice cream, 11. The Ohio Growers Association, 12. Into the woods: A new orchard

Part III - WAY DOWN YONDER: TRAVELS IN THE PAWPAW BELT:  13. St. Louis, 14. Historic Virginia, 15. North Carolina, 16. Down South, 17. Appalachia, 18. Cherokee, 19. North and Midwest

Epilogue, Acknowledgments

Appendix 1: Pawpaw Ice Cream, Appendix 2: A Selection of Pawpaw Nurseries, Appendix 3: Cultivar Profiles and Impressions

Notes, Index.

Andrew Moore, 2015, 296 pgs, Color photos.  $26.00

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