The seventh annual North Carolina Pawpaw Festival is being held Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Don’t know what a pawpaw is? It’s the state’s largest native fruit. It looks like a green mango, grows in a cluster and tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango. They grow all over the state.
From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, attendees can get a tour of a pawpaw orchard, buy pawpaw trees and possibly fruit, depending upon the weather, and sample items made with this native fruit: bread, cookies, ham spread and ice cream. A local chef will do a pawpaw cooking demonstration.
Speakers include Neal Peterson, a pawpaw breeder from Harpers Ferry, W.V., Michael Williams, a commercial grower from Davie County, and Andy Moore, an author of a book about pawpaws who is from Pittsburgh.
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The event is being held at Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem. Info: ncpawpaw.com.