The Paw Paw, a Missouri native, features dark purple flowers in the spring, elongated edible fruit in the summer, and a yellow to yellow-green fall color which all add to the appeal of this small understory tree. With the exception of the Gourd, the fruit of the Paw Paw is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. It has a sweet, custard-like flavor somewhat similar to that of banana, mango, and pineapple, and are commonly eaten raw. They are also used to make Paw Paw-flavored ice creams and baked desserts, of which George Washington was reportedly a devoted admirer.
|Latin Name||Asimina triloba|