There’s a delicious fruit coming into season that might be growing in your back yard, but virtually no one knows about it – Allow me to introduce you to the Paw Paw.
The Paw Paw kept Lewis and Clark’s expedition from starving, and fed the early settlers of the United States.
It was a favorite desert of George Washington, distracted entire regiments (who preferred chowing down in orchards to to fighting) during the Civil War, and was incorporated into the managed food forests of the Native Americans.
Since the industrial agriculture and transportation system took over, though, food has strayed from its local roots, and outside of its native range, the paw paw has been mostly forgotten.
In episode 27 of the Raw Food Health Podcast, we’ll talk to Chris Chmiel, a paw paw farmer who founded the Ohio Paw Paw Festival, and now seeks to get this fruit a bit of well-deserved attention.
We talk about the paw paw, foraging for it in the wild for fun and profit, the Ohio Paw Paw Festival, and how you can get your hands on some paw paws if you live outside of its usual haunts.
In the show I say Chris’ Farm is in Athens County Georgia. It is actually in Athens County Ohio
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