|Friday Five: All American Fruits|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Friday, 19 August 2011|
1. American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
The edible fruits of the American persimmon (pictured above) are best eaten when fully ripe. You’ll know they are ripe when they fall from the tree or when the tree is shaken slightly the fruits drop to the ground. Persimmons can be used in cakes and puddings or eaten fresh or frozen. More information: Persimmon Puddings and Desserts
2. PawPaw (Asimina triloba )
The edible fruits of the pawpaw tree weigh 5 to 16 ounces and are 3 to 6 inches in length and ripen between mid-August and October. When ripe, the fruit is soft with a thin skin and has a nice fragrance. The flesh is yellow with a custard-like flavor. The fruits can be made into pawpaw custard, pawpaw cakes and pies, and even pawpaw cookies.
More information about the Pawpaw tree.
3. Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Black chokeberry or aronia is not a well-known fruit here in the US. Oddly enough, aronia is the second most popular ice cream flavor in Poland.What’s interesting about black chokeberry is that it was introduced to Eastern Europe the early 20th century and developed into a commercial fruit. These varieties were recently reintroduced to the US and are being grown by growers specializing in rare fruit crops. Source: Grow Rare Fruits in Your Backyard (in Iowa)
Cranberries are one American fruit that practically everyone is familiar with, but not many people know it can be grown in containers in your very own garden. Click here for more information. for more information.
5. Muscadine Grapes ( Vitis rotundifolia )
Native to the southeastern US, muscadine grapes, often seen growing along the side of the road, make a terrific sweet dessert wine. The greenish-rosy to dark red grapes grow in small, somewhat loose clusters on 60 to 100 foot vines and ripen in mid-September to October.
Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention