|Clyde loves a visit to the water!|
We didn't see a single paw paw on the walk until we had turned around and started walking back. Then Anne started to see them everywhere! We gathered up about 10 fruits in various stages of ripeness.
|We gathered Paw Paws and people!|
We even taught a fellow hiker that the fruit was edible, and he wound up being a better paw paw spotter than either one of us. It is not an easy fruit to see- Paw Paws are green and about the size of your fist. But once you know what you are looking for, it is pretty easy to spot them.
|Anne eating one on the trail!|
|Anne and Zak prepare the Paw Paws|
First you take the skins and seeds off of the fruit. This can only be done with your hands.
Then we added a simple syrup infused with star anise, black peppercorns and cardamom pods, then some dark rum, and finished the drink with fresh lime juice. Delicious- not pretty, (kind of looked like gravy actually, so I didn't take a photo) but super tasty. Valentines Day has chocolate, Thanksgiving has turkey and now Labor Day has the Paw Paw!