Paw paw

Sometimes called the “West Virginia banana,” this is Appalachian delicacy is North America’s forgotten fruit. The tropical-style fruit tastes like a mango-banana-pineapple. In West Virginia, the paw paw was traditionally made into a sweet custard.

They’re not commonly eaten today, and their short shelf life makes them all the more elusive— but you can still occasionally stumble upon this rare treat in The Mountain State.

This post was last updated on September 7, 2015