Pawpaw Prints

Pawpaw fruit bisected, the seeds removed, and watercolors used for pigment.

My girls and I have been watching and waiting for local pawpaw fruit to ripen. We visit local woodlands weekly to check in on this wonderful native plant. We went yesterday with visions of soft sweet fruit in our heads and the expectation that maybe, just maybe, local pawpaws were beginning to soften… not so! Despite a report from Pfafftown, NC of ripe fruit on August 4, the northbound wave of ripening has yet to reach the C-ville area.

So…while we wait…we’re using the unripened fruit to making pawpaw prints and learning more about this plant in the process.