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USA Today reports this morning that the US “slow food” movement is looking to promote the pawpaw – an indigenous American fruit sometimes mistaken for a papaya – as a tasty alternative to more mainstream produce.

There are 11 universities around the country running tests on 28 different varieties of pawpaw, according to the piece.

And this is just the beginning. Other native American fruits slated for attention include the American persimmon, the native hartberry, the maypop, the medlar and the beach plum.
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