More About National Pawpaw Day

Did you know that today is National Pawpaw Day? That's right, the third Thursday in September is dedicated to this odd-looking fruit native to North America. This custardy-textured fruit is often compared to bananas with traces of other flavors, including mango, vanilla, and citrus. Their peak season is September and October.
The saplings are found at a number of parks in the area, but are particularly prevalent at C&O Canal NHP. The pawpaw is self-incompatible, meaning that pollen produced on a plant cannot pollinate flowers on the same plant. Instead, to produce fruit, a pawpaw flower must receive pollen from flowers on other pawpaw trees. Their pollinators, which includes flies and beetles, will inevitably pollinate some flowers. Opossums, foxes, squirrels, raccoons, birds, and even some park visitors are known to enjoy pawpaw fruit.
The Superintendent's Compendium (2019) allows for Park visitors to collect 1/2 gallon of pawpaws per person per day for personal consumption:
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For more interesting background on the pawpaw, check out this recent post from the C&O Canal Trust: Click for Details
Photo Credit: Scott Bauer, USDA.

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September 16, 2022

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