Join us for a fun Sunday morning trek through a selected forest less than 10 miles from Washington, DC as we search for America's "forgotten fruit", the elusive Paw Paw (Asimina Triloba). We have been foraging this patch (location to be disclosed after sign-up) for the past few years and we are certain to locate some old trees. These amazing native fruits come from the Ohio River Valley, were cultivated by the Founding Fathers and Native Americans alike, and are the largest fruit that is native to North America! Tasting somewhere like a cross between a mango and banana, paw paws are the only temperate member of a tropical fruit family including sour sop, sweet sop, custard apple and cherimoya, and are basically non-existent at grocery stores, so this is your chance to stock up! Harvested fruit can be eaten fresh, dehydrated, frozen or turned into jam, jelly, smoothies, pies, ice cream or even beer- the options are endless!
Starting at around 8:45, we will start with a light breakfast for all attendees made with other foraged ingredients. Make sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, some light snacks in case you get hungry, and of course a bag to keep your harvest in!
Recently, cultivation of paw paw for fruit production has taken off with backyard and organic growers due to its distinctive growth habit, lack of pests, appeal of its fresh fruit and relative low maintenance once established. If you would like to add a tree to your garden, please reserved the appropriate ticket as we have an extremely limited quantity of available trees.
We suggest car-pooling to get to the forest-site and coordinating with other attendees that may be able to offer a ride if you do not have access to a car. We also have ticket options available with transportation- hope to see you soon and happy foragaing!