May 10, 2014
The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is an often-overlooked native North American fruit once a staple to eastern Native Americans, early explorers, pioneers as well as a favorite of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. These were gathered just off the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway near Athens, Ohio. Like many people, I was familiar with the children's song ("picking up pawpaws and puting them in your pockets") but didn't realize that pawpaws could still be found in Ohio until I saw people picking them along the bike trail. Look for them on the banks of rivers and streams in the eastern U.S. It's said that their fruit has the consistency of custard and is rather sweet tasting. Photo taken in late September 2013.
Photo details: Camera Maker: NIKON; Camera Model: COOLPIX L820; Focal Length: 4.5mm (35mm equivalent: 25mm); Aperture: f/3.1; Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60); ISO equiv: 125.