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Paw Paw And Apple Salad

If you could imagine crossing a banana with a mango, then you’d get a Paw Paw. The custard-like yellow meat is tasty served with apple slices.

Paw Paw And Apple Salad

Photo: Megan Meyer/WFIU

Apples covered in a paw paw mixture garnished with Thai basil. This dish is great as is, or you could serve some ice cream or sorbet with it.

I remember my gramma and grandpa singing “Way Down Yonder In The Paw Paw Patch” when I was a kid growing up in southern Indiana.

Back in that time, they didn’t have all the candies we have now and they lived out in the country. So, when the paw paws ripened up, they would eat these until they got sick!

You won’t get sick on Paw Paws in this dish. They are just serving as a light coating for apple slices. (Don’t worry about following a strict recipe for this dish.)

Paw Paw And Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • Paw Paws
  • apple slices
  • lime juice

Cooking Directions

  1. Pull out the seeds and then mash the paw paw meat.
  2. Add a splash of lime juice to bring out a unique flavor in the paw paws.
  3. Toss the apples in the paw paw mash, coating the apples thoroughly.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of Thai basil.
  5. Serve with sorbet or ice cream for a tasty dessert, or serve as is to start the morning.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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