The fruits come in fast from August through September. First, scuppernogs.
Oh how I love them! I did not even know they existed until 2017 when we went to South Carolina to see the Solar eclipse. I am a random shopper. I very much look at something and say, “what is that?” and “Hey, let’s try it!” Food in particular. I was in a farm stand and saw what were called scuppernogs. I later learned they are also called muscadine grapes These are wild grapes that grow in the south. (They have everything in the South.) They are huge and sweet but not too because the skin is tart. The idea is to put them in your mouth, work off the skin and pop the seeds them enjoy. It is a lot of work, yes, but no more than concord grapes which I also love.
I already have a concord grape vine. I’d like to plant a scuppernog vine and see what happens. The idea of wild grapes makes me giddy. I just love the idea of wild growing fruit.
Then figs, figs, figs I just cannot eat enough figs, particularly green figs. Little bundles of honey sweet joy. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. I ate all the green figs so I only have a picture of black figs which are almost but not quite as good. (Brown turkey figs are very much last on the list of figs worth eating, purchased only when there are no other figs to buy. (Sorry turkey figs.)
Then come passion fruits. Hello, California? Can you ship me some passions please? They come five pounds at a time and we just eat them up. Floral, tart, juicy, crunchy. We met these fruits in Sri Lanka, where they have them just everywhere. Here, they cost a fortune to buy if you don’t buy in bulk. And I am all about bulk passion fruits purchases.
Then finally, last but not least, we have pawpaws, from right the midwest and Appalachia, these are native fruits that are not well known but should be. They started as a tropical fruit millions of years ago and when the glaciers left, we kept the trees. They grow wild in the East but many farmers cultivate them.
What does a paw paw taste like? Kind of like a mellow custard, not too sweet with banana aromas, some floral tones and just plain comfort food. A call out to the internet brings them to our door if we don’t make it to the pawpaw festival. The PA mean Pennsylvania Gold and A = Allegheny. Allegheny is richly delicious.