sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Mon Jun 25 17:48:55 UTC 2001

 Beverly Olson Flanigan writes:
>The paw paw is not a flower, ..........<
Well, yes and no.  There is a flower, of course, that precedes the fruit.
In fact, one of the three  species is called the "bigflower pawpaw."
Peterson's field guide to eastern trees describes the flower of the "common
pawpaw" as more than 1 inch across and purple in color, but doesn't show it
on either of the plates.
A. Murie

<..........though; it's a native Appalachian fruit tree,
>with a mushy pear-sized fruit.    Albany, Ohio (8 miles from Athens) has
>the World's First (and presumably only) Paw-Paw Festival, featuring paw-paw
>jams and jellies, smoothies, and bread (a bit like zucchini or banana
>bread).  Good stuff, when sweetened!
>Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
>Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
>Ph.: (740) 593-4568              Fax: (740) 593-2967

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