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Re: Imagine this!


Kind of what I thought. I have four saplings in my yard, but do not  
expect to see fruit anytime soon.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 23, 2007, at 7:11 PM, james singer wrote:

> Yeah, they're both Annonas, but I've never seen or tasted a pawpaw,  
> so I can't say how similar they are*. The sugar apple, also known  
> as "sweetsop" in the Caribbean, is really lumpy [lobed] rather than  
> scaly**. Each lobe is the exteror end of a segment that is quite  
> like an orange segment, separated by thin membranes. And each  
> segment has one seed. The seeds, as Kitty wrote, are black and  
> shiny, about the size of watermelon seeds, but plumper. The seeds  
> are also somewhat toxic--not exactly poisonous, but they'll give  
> you the runs if you swallow them.
>
> * Pawpaws, while native to the woodlands of most of the eastern US,  
> are not native this far south. The University of Kentucky has a  
> breeding program to develop this native fruit into a marketable  
> crop. There are apparently two issues with the native fruit--one,  
> the variation in quality is nearly equal to the variation in plants  
> and, more importantly [from a marketing point of view], shelf-life  
> is very short.
>
> ** There are lots of other Annonas grown in the subtropcs/tropics,  
> some, such as the cherimoya, even turn up in Wal-Mart's produce  
> section now and then. The cherimoya is scaly. Others, such as the  
> custard apple and the [native] pond apple are also scaly. But the  
> atemoya--a naturally occurring cross between the cherimoya and the  
> sugar apple [and by far the most popular Annona in subtropical  
> Florida]--is lobed like its sugar apple parent.
>
> More than you wanted to know, I'm sure.
>
> On Dec 23, 2007, at 4:30 PM, Cathy Carpenter wrote:
>
>> Related to Pawpaws?
>>
>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>>
>> On Dec 23, 2007, at 3:14 PM, Kitty wrote:
>>
>>> a tropical American tree (Annona squamosa) of the custard-apple
>>> family; also : its edible sweet pulpy fruit with thick green scaly
>>> rind and shining black seeds
>>>
>>> Not familiar with it. But sounds good.
>>>
>>> Kitty
>>> neIN, Zone 5
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer"
>>> <islandjim1@verizon.net>
>>> To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>> Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2007 3:36 PM
>>> Subject: [CHAT] Imagine this!
>>>
>>>
>>>> This morning while wandering around the plantation, I found a ripe
>>>> sugar apple on one of our two trees. It's about 2 months late for
>>>> sugar apples, so who knows what's going on. Anyway, I just ate it;
>>>> delicious.
>>>>
>>>> Island Jim
>>>> Southwest Florida
>>>> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
>>>> Hardiness Zone 10
>>>> Heat Zone 10
>>>> Sunset Zone 25
>>>> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
>>>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
>>>>
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Sunset Zone 25
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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