The pawpaw tree in Rufus

There's a twist on the Eden story in Rufus which features a pawpaw tree, a serpent, and a snakebit young woman in the swamp of Hell's Back Forty. A reader asked me, "What's a pawpaw tree?" Well, it's a tree native to the eastern United States that bears a large fruit with a tropical taste some compare to a mix of mango and banana. They're well known in Crockett County, but for those of you unfamiliar with the pawpaw, here's a story from Southern Living magazine: "What's a Pawpaw Tree?"


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