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Pawpaw trees bear the largest edible fruit native to the United States, a fruit that’s creamy texture and banana-meets-mango flavor is gaining popularity with people interested in growing their own food. Join plant breeder Rodney Dever of Peterson Pawpaws as he recounts the fascinating lore and natural history of pawpaws, discusses how to grow them in your yard, and reviews various products made from the fruit. Sample this uniquely flavored delicacy and leave with a new appreciation of the “Susquehanna Banana.”
This program takes place in person at Mt. Cuba Center on Sunday, September 17, 2023.
About the Instructor:
Rodney completed his MS in evolutionary biology at West Virginia University researching wild onions (Allium). His focus is on that fine line between foraging wild edibles and incipient agriculture. These days Rodney works with Neal Peterson, creating new and improved varieties of pawpaws as well as other native plants. He regularly leads nature walks as president of the Eastern Panhandle Chapter of the West Virginia Native Plant Society.