An orchard specializes in pawpaws
The pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, is gaining a new interest among chefs and the local food movement.
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The harvested pawpaws are stored in the cooler and shipped out twice a week to buyers. Some go to Mackintosh Fruit Farm in Berryville, Va., for retail sale, some to other farms, and others are sold to the websites www.earthy.com and www.heritagefoodsusa.com, where they are marketed as a gourmet delicacy for $10 a pound.Skip to next paragraph
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Jim says that with this being a hobby business, it is too much trouble for them to try and sell the fruits directly to customers themselves. But when buyers contact them looking for more than just a couple of fruits, sometimes they are able to work out a deal.
Bud's at Silver Run in Silver Run, Md., for example, purchased some of the pawpaw ice cream made from the Davises' fruit and served it in their restaurant last year, Donna says.
Nancy Hagerty, general manager of Bud's at Silver Run, says the ice cream was a big hit.
"We used pawpaw ice cream for one of our wine dinners, and we flambéed it," Ms. Hagerty says. "We really liked it a lot."
Some of the Davises' pawpaws will be made into ice cream again this year by South Mountain Creamery, a Middletown, Md., dairy that produces homemade ice cream, Donna says.
Pawpaws may never make it to be a grocery store fruit, Jim says, because the labor-intensive harvesting process and narrow window of ripeness. But he could see them becoming a more popular orchard fruit, being sold at more farmers markets.
"You're pretty much learning as you go and collecting the data to help other people," he says. "Every year there seems to be more interest in this fruit."
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