We had two pawpaw trees with a total of 18 fruit that I told you about in a post six weeks ago. I kept checking on them every few days to make sure they remained on the trees. Ten days ago, one fruit disappeared without a trace. I sprayed the tree leaves with deer repellent, a lot of it, to the point that Jackie, the Golden Retriever, was sneezing constantly as she came close.
A few days later, three more went into oblivion, and one tree had no fruit left. The pawpaws were still green and quite firm, but, to be safe, I cut the 14 remaining fruit off and took them inside.
Our weather has been very warm, perhaps hastening the ripening process. After three days, one fruit became soft and yesterday I cut it in half.
It tasted quite good, mildly sweet and soft, almost like eating custard. Next year, I will have to find a way to discourage the deer from eating them. It will be a challenge.