Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?

September 10, 2013


First of all, Happy Birthday to my Dad!


One of my preschoolers brought in some mystery tree fruits. She and her family had been on the campus of the University of Lincoln this weekend for family photos and picked these up.The first fruits were crazy! They were about 3 inches long each. One was like a small pointy green sweet potato and it was attached to a large lumpy green peanut. What they what?

I went to UNL’s east campus website and found that they are pawpaw fruits. I’ve never seen a pawpaw before! We cut them open to see the giant seeds inside. These were not ripe, so we didn’t taste them. Apparently they can taste like a banana/mango combo and are the only tropical fruit that can grow in a temperate climate. (Thank you, NPR.)


It was cool that the seeds were so gigantic inside. The kids had fun trying to get them out – “They’re like teeth!” And yes, they were – you had to wiggle and wiggle them to get them out, and it was totally fun.

So here’s the next mystery – what is this?


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    Isn’t there a song in the Jungle Book (movie) that mentions the Pawpaw?


  2. Brad Said on:

    Hehe… I knew those were pawpaws. I also know how a ripe one tastes:

    I don’t know what that other thing is. It looks like an immature seed pod or nut to me. Did you slice it open like the pawpaw?


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Yea, your Pawpaw isn’t golden inside like the one Brad had.
    Now I’m most curious to try it. BTW: Brad, did you ever acquire a taste for them?

    And what ever that other thing is….it looks like a shriveled up one!


    • Brad Said on:

      I haven’t acquired a taste for pawpaws. I haven’t tasted them again since my first time. The only place I know to get them is an hour and a half away, and they are only available for a short time in the fall.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    PS. Could it be a Cherimoya? If it is, I’m really eager to try it. Mark Twain said it is the best or sweetest fruit he ever tasted.


  5. Lauren's mom Said on:

    Where, o where is pretty little Susie?
    Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch!

    I have never tasted a pawpaw. Once, someone tried to get me to taste a banana pepper. Told me it was a pawpaw.

    I have no clue what the other think is.


  6. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    Osage orange I think. Trees were used to make fence posts once. They say to put them in your house and you won’t have so may bugs. Does it have an odor? Your pawpaw ia called a Missouri banana according to Lloyd.


  7. Peggy Said on:

    Attn Lauren (or anyone listening): Because you are a master prototyper, would you have any use for a couple of hundred 5 inch jar openers. If you’re working on something on a table that’s sliding around, putting one underneath fixes it.


  8. Peggy Said on:

    Attn Lloyd ( or anyone): AUCTION ITEM--200 JAR OPENERS--PRICE:0.00


    • Lauren Said on:

      Ha! But what will I do with my other two hands jar openers?

      To answer the other questions: I didn’t open the other seed yesterday and forgot to today, so I hope it’s not dried up and unopenable tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted.


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