My grandparents lived in a little house that the family moved to a plot of land that sits in the corner where Clear Creek runs straight to the mountain, then makes a 90 degree turn to the right, where it continues past the plots where their daughters set up their households. They used the corner as a cornfield, my cousin used it hunt arrowheads. There isn’t much flat land around there, so it must have been useful to Native Americans also.  The grandparents house, barns, and chicken coops – all gone but the house-  sit in the middle of the plot.

At the back of one of the sheds grandpa had a Paw Paw tree, which has shockingly outlasted the buildings and is bearing fruit, three of which dad sent me this morning.  They were a little beat up, and were brown from the travel, but the yellow fruit looked fine so I ate it. Many people say it reminds them of banana, but it mostly reminds me of a squishy yellow mango. They don’t sound or really look that good, but they are pretty tasty and are more tropical than you’d expect.

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If you are curious, this site has more info on the fruit.  Growing the fruit seems to be a long process, needing 5 years+ for fruit, but I’ll plant them anyway and see what happens.  This is the planting guide I’m going to reference.  When I was a kid, my grandfather gave me a maple seedling – essentially a crooked stick with a single leaf – and told me to plant it next to the garden and maybe someday I can sit under it and rest in the shade. Now that I’m older we appreciate that tree for its shade and its story. Maybe I can keep these Paw Paws alive long enough to have their own stories too.

 

 

 

 

 

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