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Von Price: Varying memories of Paw Paws - good; not so good

They were a treat for kids eating Mr. John Goff's paw paws - he lived in Michigan and didn't care - while walking home from Pleasant Hill School between Joppa, Montpelier, and Glens Fork in Adair County, KY. But one day, she remembers, she ate so many she got sick and has never eaten one since. And now she wonders why the fuss over paw paws.
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By Von Price I haven't thought of a Paw Paw in years and when I have no one knows what I am talking about.

I remember eating them when I was in grade school.

My brothers and cousins and neighbors would be walking home from Pleasant Hill Grade School eating them. Or at least the ones who liked them. I remember my Dad telling me that they are called Poor Man's Banana. They kinda tasted like a banana and were tasty when they were ripe.

They have lots of seeds and they are flat. There was a farm that belonged to Mr. John Goff that we passed. Even though he lived in Michigan he didn't care if we ate them.

I remember eating so many one time I got sick!

I guess I was a pig for Paw Paws. Which is hard to believe if you have ever eaten one. They are a rich fruit.

I would think it would be very rare to even find one.

I never understood why they grew them.

Actually no one wanted to do anything thing with them.

The one person that I would know who could find out the history of the Paw Paw would be George Rice.

Maybe he can solve the mystery of the Paw Paw Tree!

- Von Price, Adair Countian now living in Florida

P.S. I guess I will just pick my tomatoes and forgot about eating Paw Paws Happy Thanksgiving Holiday, all.

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