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Florence, MS
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2009
12:56 PM

Post #7102601

While in Peace Corps Ecuador, South America, I fell in love with the Cherimoya (custard apple) and guanabana (soursop) which tasted like sherbet!

Since pawpaw is also in the family Annonaceae (along with Ylang-Ylang!), I was hoping I would like them. On that hope I planted 3 but they are too young to fruit. I have a feeling I will like them (I like most fruit) but I have never planted a fruit tree without knowing how it tastes before!

Susan (aka Zonkel)


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #7102655

I haven't been able to taste one myself, but a lot of people love them! I'll refer you to question #2 on this page of pawpaw info from the Kentucky State U.
which says "They are most commonly described as tasting like banana combined with mango, pineapple, melon, berries, or other fruit. "

And even if you're not crazy about your pawpaw fruit I hope the tree fits nicely in the landscape. Here's a picture of wild young one- that's give others a feel for the "look" of the tree. (big leaves considering that's my size ten shoe)
Good luck with your pawpaws! Thanks for commenting.

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Mount Vernon, KY

September 28, 2009
11:42 PM

Post #7114338

Over ripe banana. Not rotten, just really really ripe. Have eaten them all my life.
Florence, MS
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #7116813

I love ripe banana too- sounds good. Love your username, one of the prettiest botanical names, sweetgum! You have some beautiful woods near your home!
Mount Vernon, KY

September 29, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #7117915

Yes the woods are pretty, thick, and about two weeks if the weather does what it should do, it will be even prettier.

My sister-in-law lives in Miss! About an hour from the coast in Forrest County (I think that is the name). Her husband is a forest ranger. She says the persimmons are out of the world there. She says they are so much bigger there and here.

Yes, sweetgum is my favorite tree esp in the fall, you are so clever to know!
When I was in school and they were forcing us to memorize all the botanical names, there was one science teacher in our class who taught the 6th grade. He was frustrated at having to learn them all. He said that he did, however, like Liquidambar and that he planned on naming his first born daughter that, if he was able to get out of that class in one piece!
Florence, MS
(Zone 7b)

September 30, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #7119997

I'm a forester so I'd better know the names ;-) i probably don't know your sister-in-law's husband, I'm not practicing now, just doing Mom duty. I have a persimmon in my backyard but i prefer the non-astringent asian varieties. I'm going to try to graft some asian varieties to some of the persimmon volunteers that come up in my yard.

But I do have 1 unknown pawpaw and two improved varieties from LSU- can't wait until they fruit!

Susan, aka zonkel
Jackson Mississippi
Mount Vernon, KY

September 30, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #7120047

You cannot lose if you get something from LSU. It is like up here, I have never gone wrong with anything that the University of KY suggest! UK confussed with UK!!!

I have been through Jackson lots, my sister-in-law lives close to Jackson -- Hattiesburg is closer.

Mike Lee is his name.

He breeds pine trees.

I have never grafted anything, I studied it this winter and thought maybe I could. I see most grafters use the bud method. Is the success rate better at the bud than just cutting off a little trunk and inserting a ? what do they call the little switch they want to grow?

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