A friend and I went out this past weekend to walk around the river. It was fun hanging out with him, and as a bonus I asked if we could scout out some of the trails for pawpaws. Luckily, we found a couple of ripe ones (and a bit over-ripe) lying on the ground. He had never had one, so I gave him one to take home with the instruction to eat it that day because of how ripe it was. I kept the other one.Ever since I first realized last year that pawpaws grow wild and that I could eat them
, I have had an itch to eat them again when they come in season. Here is this year's crop!
Pawpaw Flavor Notes
The friend commented that he thought they tasted somewhat like banana. I also could taste the banana, but for me there was some other fruity taste as well -- again just like last year, I'll say 'papaya' for lack of a better word for the flavor that was underlying the 'banana'.
Later that day, another friend was over and when he tasted it, he commented that it left a bitter after-taste
. Which is totally true! It is something I had not noticed before, but I definitely noticed the bitterness after he mentioned it.
My plan is to head back to the river this weekend if I get a chance and see if I can snag a few more.
Circle of Life
On the same trip, I found a LARGE spider. I think it was a Black and Yellow Garden Spider -- an Argiope aurantia
-- feasting on a Snowberry Clearwing hummingbird moth (Hemaris diffinis
). It was sort of sad to see the dead hummingbird moth!
That same weekend, I found myself chasing a yellow butterfly around the yard because I could not ID it. It was very skittish. And very fast flying, fluttering around wildly. It did NOT like it when I got within, say, 10 feet of him! This made it hard to photograph! I believe it was a Cloudless Sulphur
Here he is DEEP inside a morning glory out back in the alley:
Porcelain Vine & Neighbor Notes
Below is a photo of of a honey bee approaching a wasp from behind. The bees, wasps and some sort of fly were everywhere on the out-of-control porcelain vine
back there, and I'm not sure why because there are no blooms from that plant now -- just the fruit.
The vine is quite the invasive, but this one is not on my property; instead it is growing on a neighbor's fence. Because it's not on my property, I can't just go out there and start whacking away at it.
Come to think of it, that neighbor has let his backyard go to weed the last couple years. Actually, I have a couple of neighbors doing that. Although I like the 'wild' look, the other neighbors have taken it to a new level, with thigh high grass for one of them, and this porcelain vine everywhere for the other.
The neighbor with the tall grass is older, so that doesn't surprise me. But the neighbor with the porcelain vine was someone that I used to see outside tending his garden all the time. But not lately. He's not old, so I'm not sure what has happened.