All right, you guys that was my Slavic greeting for this video! We’re about to get in something extra special coming up next, so check it out Everybody, it’s that time of year It’s the fall in the Mid-Atlantic and I’m here today looking for a number of things. In fact those leaves that you see behind my head are the leaves of a Paw Paw tree. And I’ve been I’ve been by a lot of papa trees… lately and in fact today, and have not seen them producing (fruit) so the fact that I came up on this stand, and I’ve seen at least three so far – we’ll see if we can get some. For those of you who don’t know a Paw Paw tree is It’s just a little scraggly sort of slender tree and The leaves smell fruity, and it produces this fruit, that looks kind of like a green… I don’t know mango (sort of like a mutant green tiny mango) and inside it’s got huge seeds, which is it’s only downfall really but it tastes like a papaya… Almost exactly like a papaya. So I’m gonna grab this pretty decent-sized one that I see over here. So let’s check it out! Actually I was fortunate to find a number of them on the ground, which is how you want to find them. This is a paw paw. This one is actually perfect I’ll show you one that’s definitely past its prime, then you can actually see inside. This is one that’s on the path and it’s mushy with flies all over it. It’s got orange flesh. You can see those big seeds in there. All right, so that’s a perfect one and I’m going to see if I can try and grab it, but I need to be careful… There’s another really good one. It’s got ants on it, though (so it’s not so good). Also, one of them had a huge hornet on it, so I’m going to avoid that! So I’m definitely super excited. I’ve got these two . I’ve actually I actually got a wasp (yellow-jakcet) Interested in these right now because they’re actually at peak. They’re soft and I’m a little afraid that if I take them home in the bag that… they’re going to get smashed up, but they’re perfect for making smoothies right now or just eating. If I were to I cut them open, they’d be a good trail snack! Again, they taste almost exactly like papaya. I can freeze the chunks of this and use them in smoothies! You can see behind me that I’m in a pretty nice little area. I’m in a quasi-urban area, But I do have this nice stream with deer in the vicinity and some great bass fishing behind me, but I’m not going to be doing that today. I’m actually going to go hit the trail looking for possibly acorns… Most certainly jewel weed. So these are the paw paw’s and as you can see they look really good! They have a lot of seeds, and you can see them. I’m going to try and just take those seeds out and…. peel around the edges and use the rest for smoothies. I’ve gotten them on plates with plastic wrap. Those plates are compostable, and you can use wax paper if you want to go to the fully environmentally friendly route. But um, yeah, I’m going to have some smoothie fruit! Once again, these are paw paw’s… This is just two fruit (two large fruit) that I found earlier, and this is after I have de-seeded them. You can see the seeds are quite large. (That’s a large kitchen knife)! But I got really good chunks out of them. They were super ripe and at their prime The skins peeled right off of them, and I got tons of fruit! I took the seeds out. The seeds can normally be in the way. I found out, if you do get these and they’re not at their prime (and) on the ground like that… … And if you don’t get them perfectly like that, and you pick them off the tree when they’re not nearly ripe, I found out and I read on the internet that you could not ripen them. In fact as an experiment… I put them in a paper bag just like a banana, and they ripen right up and they were delicious, but… (Not like this)! I mean this is the way you want to find them! I honestly can’t decide whether or not I’m going to put these in smoothies after I freeze them, or if I’m going to stick them in the dehydrator. When I ate this as I was peeling them, (you know, “chef’s privilege,” and whatnot), It was very much like a mango. The last ones that I ripened-up kind of ripened-up like a papaya, but these being at their peak of flavor, I got notes of mango, strawberry, …mandarin and… maybe a slight hint of banana. I mean it was amazing! These are amazing; If I had known they tasted this good, I would have looked for them before. (a lot of work)… I mean as you can see, but hopefully it will be worth it. And I think I really wanted to dehydrate these but I’m going to freeze them first why I decide on what to do. Here we have it right now: Pawpaws, I just took these out of the freezer after I processed them and froze them. This is going to be the final result. I’m going to use them in smoothies. I thought I was going to dehydrate them, but I just don’t have the patience. I want to put them right in smoothies, and I think, If I were to be dehydrating them, they’d be kind of like dehydrated mangoes. I’d just end up eating them right away instead of saving them. So I have, you know, plenty enough for probably three or four smoothies right there. I’ll eat them kind of slowly as I want smoothies, and I’m super excited! Like I said, those taste like mangoes. I can’t wait! They were delicious, so I can’t wait to put them in a mango smoothie (or paw paw smoothie in this case). Thanks for watching! Please comment, like, subscribe! Hope you find some paw paw’s in your neck of the woods!