|They are ripe when they start to get soft and squishy, with some brownish|
marks on their skin.
|The insides will be bright yellow and softer than a|
ripe banana. There are lots of black seeds that you
need to pick out.
We went pawpaw hunting on Sunday at a friend's property. "Take all you can find," they said... "we don't need them." The kids were delighted that pawpaw hunting was much easier than springtime mushroom hunting.
To start things off, Isaac decided to show off his climbing skills by going for the pawpaws waaaaay at the top of the tree. Do you see the monkey in the photo?
The pawpaws hang in clusters, varying in shape and size. Very easy to spot.
The kids fought over the ones low to the ground, easy to pick. Because you know, that's simply the natural thing to do with a sibling.
Maizy spotted a tree frog up in the tree, which eventually ended up clinging to Mason's shirt... right there somewhere in the middle of Saturn...
|Ah yes, the fresh pawpaw. Ohio's tropical fruit.|
But by the end of the day, there was no need to fight. Plenty of pawpaws for friends, neighbors, and curious aquaintances.
The kids weren't wild about the taste of the fresh pawpaws, so I thought we'd make some pawpaw ice cream to entice them. They got the task of scraping those little black dots out of the vanilla bean.
I really make them do these things so that when they are older and learn about vanilla bean extract, they tell their friends, "When I was little, my mom made me scoop the little vanilla bean dots out of the bean itself!"
The above and below photos are courtesy of Maizy. I'm trying to let the kids improve their photography skills so they can enter a photo in the Circleville Pumpkin Show art exhibit. Keep practicing, Maizy...
Getting the pawpaw pulp is the messiest and most difficult part. I squeezed the seeds and surrounding pulp into my strainer, then worked the rest of the pulp away from the skins. After the strainer was full I simply used my hands to push the pulp out into the pan. If your pawpaws aren't ripe enough to mash through the strainer, I would recommend pureeing the pulp pieces with a food processor. Chunks of under-ripe pawpaw really has no place in pawpaw ice cream (speaking from experience).
And here is the finished product!
1/2 cup honey
If you're coming to the Worthington market on Saturday, I may just have a few extra pawpaws to share. Hidden under the table. Secret code: pawpaw. And a smile and a wink. Hope to see you there!