Asimina (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Asimina (Sturtevant, 1919)

Asimina triloba Dun.

Annonaceae. PAPAW.

Middle and southern United States. All parts of the tree have a rank smell, and the fruit is relished by few except negroes. Vasey says the fruit, about four inches long, when ripe has a rich, luscious taste. "The pulp of the fruit," says Flint, "resembles egg-custard in consistence and appearance. It has the same creamy feeling in the mouth and unites the taste of eggs, cream, sugar and spice. It is a natural custard, too lucious for the relish of most people. The fruit is nutritious and a great resource to the savages."