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SEP 2018

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kentuckytotheworld.org 52 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 Festival in Athens, Ohio, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month with a pawpaw cook-off, pawpaw homebrew contest and pawpaw trivia. For a fruit that grows throughout the eastern United States and as far north as Michigan, it's still relatively unknown. Sherri Crabtree, the co-investigator of horticulture at Kentucky State University's pawpaw research program, says that's likely due to a short shelf life and propensity for bruising, which makes pawpaws hard to ship. "When the fruit is ripe, it only lasts a couple of days at room temperature," Crabtree says. (Lamas says they ripen quicker than an avocado, but that the fruit's flesh freezes well.) e KSU program is the largest pawpaw- breeding program in the world, having planted more than 1,000 new seedlings this year alone. Each of the group's pawpaws weighs an average of half a pound. "A lot of people think they don't like pawpaws because they've only eaten (them as) wild fruit and they are kind of small," Crabtree says. "e pawpaws we're working with have larger fruit and better yields on the trees." A stand of pawpaw trees is a feature of St. Peter Craven Community Garden off Lampton Street in Smoketown. Most years the pawpaws grown there win blue ribbons for University of Louisville urban planner Steve Sizemore (also a member of the band Appalatin) at the Kentucky State Fair. e bones of a deer (we'll get to that) nestle in the brush beneath a pawpaw sapling near Beargrass Creek, at the edge of the Louisville Llama Farm's property line, not far from the Louisville Zoo. Like apple trees, wild pawpaw trees only sometimes produce fruit. If they do, the pawpaws will likely be small and bitter (due to a lack of cross-pollination). At the farm, sunspots that resemble mold speckle the pawpaw clusters, which are known as hands. Caroline Willette and Dale Hill planted their first planned pawpaw tree about 30 years ago in an open space on the farm. Now, the pawpaw stand's 10 or so trees grow so close together that they form a shaded cove. is is where the married couple pluck ripe pawpaws to sell to Rainbow Blossom or to

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