Pawpaw - to eat or not to eat? Answered
Now that the tree in the backyard is showing first signs of fruits developing I was able to determine that it is a pawpaw tree.
After my first surprise that I might enjoy some nice and delicious fruits this summer I asked my friend Google for more details.
Shouldn't have done that....
I think in the Us the family of these are usually refered to as Asimina.
The bad thing is I now know that not only the tree itself, the leaves and seeds contain Annonacin but the flesh of the fruit too.
In some research documents the found levels in the fruits seem to by sky high :(
People trying the fruit for the first time are usually totally over the moon due to the new tase or get adverse reactions right away.
After a season of eating the fruits several times a week most people claim they now longer can stand their taste and if they try anyway they regret it quickly.
The health benefits are quite obvious if you only think of the good stuff in it, but what to do with the levels of Annonacin accumulating in your body and causing vital neurons in your brain to suffer permanant damage and death?
As the tree is native to the US I quickly found that the indiginous tribes widely used both the leaves and fruits.
But I was unable to find any info on how much, how often or if the fruits were treated in some way to get rid of the toxins.
One way or the other I have to teste them once ripe and ready but if I do like them I would love to able to continue eating without loosing the rest of my insanity ;)
Anyone eating them on a regular base?
Suffering from side effects?
Already over it for some reason?
Let me know! :)