John Saltveit wrote:You could have an allergy. Many people are allergic to tree nuts, for example. The study that showed the neurological problems had people eating the leaves quite a bit. I never eat the leaves. I don't even eat the skin. I have eaten a lot and I've never been sick. Two cultivars have been shown to have very little of the potentially affecting chemical: Wells and Sunflower. I grow both for that reason. I grow other seedlings as well.
Pearl Sutton wrote:My paw paw trees are too small to bear yet.
I would be VERY interested in how the natives ate them, please update us with any information anyone learns!!
Reading this thread though, I'm wondering if the rich sweetness would make good wine/mead? Or if that would make it bad too? I'll watch for this in a couple of years when my baby trees produce. And if I make a batch of ferment that is no good, I'll turn it to ethanol and throw it in the car
Regarding allergies vs intolerance: That's something I have wars with medical people about. Their definition of "allergy" is one specific chemical reaction involving histamine, if you don't do that, you aren't allergic, and they won't listen to "my body is intolerant of that" Yes, I'll admit, I don't get a rash or sneeze, but I puke for days, list it as an allergy so no one ever gives it to me again. "So you aren't allergic? Let's try it again then!" augh!!
Ethan Brazell wrote:... half way through my youngest said the bread was making him sick... (Something he really never does ) Soon after I started feeling nauseous, followed by my other two kids and then my wife. Eventually it induced vommiting for me..after which I felt immediately better.
Heating/cooking does not affect annonacin. As far as I know annonacin is not what causes stomach upset (maybe in very large quantities like of purified compounds people might take for alternative cancer treatment), although it is possible some people could be sensitive to it. Stomach upset eating pawpaw seems worse in cooked pawpaw, and even worse in dried pawpaw/fruit leather- I have heard enough reports of people getting sick to their stomach eating pawpaw fruit leather that I would not recommend making it. We are not sure what causes this stomach upset though, we have speculated fatty acids that go rancid in the drying or heating process but that is just a guess. Also some people can have allergies or sensitivities to pawpaw.
We have not tested Mango. Shenandoah was high in acetogenins. So far we have found levels to be high in: NC-1, Overleese, Mitchell, Middletown, Shenandoah, and Susquehanna, and low in: Sunflower, Wabash, Potomac, Zimmerman, and Wells.
We have a list of recipes at : http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/Recipes.htm
If you have any other questions, just let me know!