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Paw Paws

One of the pleasures of hiking/biking the canal is the various scents that pass by.  The smell of campfires, hickory trees, or honeysuckle in the spring all add to the pleasure of a hike.  Just after Labor Day, the paw paws become ripe and fall from the trees.  You can always tell when you're passing through a patch of them from the fallen paw paws and their scent.

The paw paw fruit is a soft bean shaped fruit that tastes somewhat like custard.  Because it is so soft, they're not a commercially grown fruit.  The name may be a corruption of the word papaya.

What the California Rare Fruit Growers have to say.

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The paw paw tree is not usually very tall and has large leaves that look like this.



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