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Paw Paw

posted on May 11, 2001

Hey farmers! You don't need to use the claw when you pick a pear of the big paw paw.

Researchers at Kentucky State University are looking into the native paw paw tree as a replacement crop for tobacco farmers.

Paw paw tress grow wild in the eastern half of the United States. Researchers say the fruit of the tree was part of the American Indian diet long before white settlers arrived.

The fruit, they say, has a tropical taste, like a combination of banana, mango and pineapple. It's also diverse and can be eaten raw, or used in baked goods, ice creams, jams and juices.


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