Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Culinary Pawpaw at the Cincinnati Nature Center

The Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association is offering a class called The Culinary Pawpaw on Thursday, September 25, 7 - 9 pm at the Cincinnati Nature Center at the Rowe Woods location on Tealtown Road in Milford as part of the center's Nature of Food series. Topics will include storage and processing of pawpaw fruits, nutritional values, uses in cooking as well as pawpaw trees in the home landscape. Samples of several varieties of pawpaws will be available for tasting. Each registrant will receive 2 pounds of pawpaws and a bread recipe to take home. Cost of the class is $7.

Pawpaws are a Midwest-native fruit that isn't generally found in supermarkets because it doesn't store or ship well. It is often grown organically because it has few pests. Which adds up well for fans of local, sustainable eating. They're available in farmers' markets in late summer/early fall and can be eaten raw, canned as jam, or substituted for bananas in recipes.

8 comments:

The Baklava Queen said...

Hope you can get to that, valereee... I know this past weekend was the Pawpaw Festival (somewhere in SE Ohio), but I didn't get to it, alas. I have yet to try one raw, though I enjoyed a pawpaw cream pie last fall.

Tom said...

Hi, I know this isn't the most appropriate place to put this, but thought there might be some interest in this.

On Saturday, September 27th from 9am-3pm, Hamilton County and Clermont County residents have the opportunity to purchase greatly discounted compost bins at the District’s annual Compost Bin Sale.

Details:

Saturday, September 27 from 9am-3pm
Earth Machine Compost Bin

Cost: $37 per bin (retails for $80-$100)

Anderson Township Farmers Market
7832 Five Mile Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

Colerain Township Administration Building
4200 Springdale Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45251

More details at website:

http://www.hcdoes.org/sw/residential_compostbin.htm

Feoshia said...

I just ordered a pawpaw tree from Rowe Woods. I'll definitely put this on my calendar. Thanks!

valereee said...

baklavaqueen, I saw that festival too late to post about it! (Plus we've had no power for the last eight days -- kind of puts a crimp in the ol' blogging schedule.) I need to make sure I get on their mailing list for next year.

Feoshia, very cool on the pawpaw! When do you pick it up? Now's a great time to think about planting a tree.

Feoshia said...

I got the tree a few weeks back. Its in the yard. Turns out I need two though! I'll get another next fall!

valereee said...

Feoshia, you need two so they'll crosspollinate?

Kristen Fiorino said...

How do you register for the above paw paw workshop?

Valerie Taylor said...

Kristen, I believe they take registrations on their website for their workshops -- the link is in the post!