The pawpaw tree grows on the banks of the Potomac, but you probably won’t find any fruit in the wild this late in the season, Cohen says. If you hurry, you can buy pawpaws at a few area farmers markets and farms for around $5 a pound.
“This is definitely the last chance to get them,” says Danielle Tergis, of Freshfarm Markets. Here’s where:
Calomiris Fruits & Vegetables in Eastern Market, 225 Seventh St. SE; Tue.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In April, Michelle Obama planted a pawpaw sapling in the White House Kitchen Garden.
To get fruit, you need to plant at least two unrelated pawpaws near one another.
Pawpaws depend on beetles and flies for pollination, and attract them with flowers that smell faintly of decaying flesh.