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 Paw paw ripe soon? 
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Post Paw paw ripe soon?
First fruit...., Wilson cultivar, dropped the biggest fruit of the total single digit cropping. Wikipedia quotes American folksong "pickin' up paw paws, puttin' 'em in your pocket" referencing the picking up of fallen ripe fruit... Comparable sized tree bound "Mango"var. in close proximity, seems a bit more yielding to touch. Maybe earlier?
Another internet source suggested peach like softness. I don't pinch peaches, I smell them to determine ripeness but this may have to be a different case,
My thought is that neither are yet ripe, do they commonly drop here when ripe?

I'm located in NE Portland, Culley Neighborhood

Given a greedy nature (for tasty fruit within parameters) and the limited amount of fruit, I'd like to not waste any. I may be predisposed to hold off too long for the optimal ripening such that I miss it.
Seeking guidance of others with more experience.
My copy of Pome News with the article on which fruits continue to ripen off the tree is now in the limbo of my stuff, not to be found.

I believe they are getting ripe soon, but wonder about the window of opportunity, do they become very soft? Tasted a little bit at an All About Fruit Show I think 4 or five years ago. I think I remember pretty soft in one case
It would be exciting to be able to share a taste with some good friends who'll be in town late next week for my partners 60th B-day.

I better post this now before I get logged off again for being too long winded and/or slow to compose.

Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:06 pm

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Post Re: Paw paw ripe soon?
I don't have a lot of experience with pawpaw, but the ones I had that were good were quite fragrant when ripe.

Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:16 pm

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Post Re: Paw paw ripe soon?
Thanks jafarj, that's helpful. Tried snifffing at the one in the tree yesterday, a non-event at this point, but the dropped one on the counter is starting to hold promise.


Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:50 pm

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Post Re: Paw paw ripe soon?
They should become fairly soft and aromatic. The flesh needs to be soft to be at its best - you will probably cut in half, scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:55 am

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Post Re: Paw paw ripe soon?
Thank you, I believe, that tilts me in the right direction.

Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:32 pm

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Post Re: Paw paw ripe soon?
If they give when you press them, they are ready to be picked. They have never gained popularity because corporations can't pick them green one month earlier and ship them to Miami. They are a fantastic home orchard fruit. They won't last too long, maybe a week. When they start to get dark, they won't last long. They do freeze well, which I found out last year. It's nice to know if you hand pollinate, the pawpaw can be one of the most productive trees in your garden. Mine were much later this year than ever before. I wonder if my normally October ripening one will even ripen. My September ripening seedling has been ripening in October-one month late! In NOvember, I don't think they'll have leaves. We'll see.
John S

Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:36 pm

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Post Re: Paw paw ripe soon?
Hey James, I don't know anything about how to tell when they're ripe, but if you're open to it, I'd love to try some--maybe I could trade you some home made apple sauce or fruit leather for a taste. I'm on the border of N/NE portland so I'm relatively close.


Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:07 pm
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