I think I missed something in the world of farmers markets here in the Binghamton area of upstate New York.
In our Sunday newspaper, there's a list called "Eat Local, Eat Well" provided by a local farmer. "Here's a look at the fresh produce available this week at Broome County farmers markets", it promises.
Grapes - check. I bought a bunch of local grapes-Concords - yesterday, which I will blog about in the near future.
Nectarines - check.
Cue memories of Northwest Arkansas, circa early 1980's.
They are also highly perishable. They bruise easily, so they will need to be grown locally. They have large seeds. And, not that it matters to me, they are - well, ugly.
But a lot can happen in 27 years, and, apparently, a lot of work has been done on breeding these trees. Pawpaws are now cultivated and available in a limited number of farmers markets.
One interesting thing about the pawpaw is that they are not pollinated by bees. They are pollinated by beetles or flies. And, they are hardy in our zone, unlike bananas or mangoes.
I'm now wondering which farmers market in our county has them. I'd like to check these cultivated pawpaws out.
If I like them better than the wild ones (or if my palate has changed in 27 years, which is quite possible), I have a West Virginian by the name of Neal Peterson to thank for being able to purchase them.
Some think they may be the next great "American fruit". Well, why not?
Have you eaten pawpaws?