Here you can listen to Allison Aubrey’s piece on Morning Edition about pawpaws. You can also see a video of Neal with Allison on NPR’s food blog: The Salt.
Tiny Desk Kitchen: Ever Had A Pawpaw?
So what the heck is a pawpaw?
Recently, I heard about a secret snack. Kayakers who paddle the waters near Washington, D.C., told me about a mango-like fruit that grows along the banks of the Potomac — a speckled and homely skin that hides a tasty treat.
A tropical-like fruit here, really? Yep. It’s the only temperate member of a tropical family of trees. You can’t buy the pawpaw in stores, so for years, the only way to eat them was straight from the tree.
I was intrigued. So I decided to hunt for a pawpaw myself.