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This is a book about the pawpaw - a mostly forgotten fruit native to North America.

I am writing a book about pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to North America.  Pawpaw has a tropical flavor and custard-like texture, and tastes like a cross between mango, banana, and pineapple. And while it’s abundant in the wild, pawpaws have become an exotic fruit, forgotten by most Americans.  But enthusiasts believe it's poised to make a comeback.

The book will offer a history of pawpaws in America, explore why it's been left in the woods for so long, and about the people who are working to bring it back.

I have already interviewed the fruit's leading breeder, Neal Peterson, and commercial grower Jim Davis in Maryland.  I have gone to the International Pawpaw Conference in Frankfort, Kentucky, and the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, in Albany, Ohio.  But these are just a few of the important people and places with stories to share.

Part travelogue, I will need to continue traveling throughout the fruit's native range—from Florida to Ontario; from the Atlantic to Nebraska—during a very short season when the fruit is ripe.  Your support will enable me to visit orchards in North Carolina and Indiana, to forage in the woods of West Virginia and Kentucky.  Along the way, I will even seek to rescue a lost cultivar along the Ohio River. 

Your contributions will pay for my travel this September.  They will also give me time off work to write several sample chapters that I will then use to seek a publisher for the book.

If you’re able to help in any way—whether by telling a friend, sharing pawpaw stories, or through a contribution—I thank you sincerely.

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    A selection of the best pawpaw recipes gathered on the road; a postcard with information about a pawpaw patch in your area; and a very real promise to do whatever is in my power to put a pawpaw in your hands (if you've never had one).

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    A copy of the book, once completed. Plus three stratified (ready to be planted) pawpaw seeds collected from the 2012 harvest. Just place about two inches deep in the ground, or in a tree pot, and you'll soon be growing your very own pawpaw patch. Plus the recipes and the promise.

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    Your very own copy of the book, once completed. Plus seeds and recipes (which will ship out ahead of the book).

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    Your name thanked in the book as a backer of the project (plus a copy of the book). Plus the seeds, a postcard, and collected recipes.

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    Two copies of the book, plus the printed thank you. You'll also get two pounds of fruit delivered to your home (or address of choosing). Plus seeds and post card and collected recipes.

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    I will come to your school/workplace/community center/garden club and give a presentation on pawpaws, with local information regarding best cultivars, wild patches, etc., and a tasting. Plus two pounds of fresh fruit, two books, seeds, and recipes.

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