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Pawpaw Asimina triloba Adopted: January 6, 2009
Ohio State Native Fruit
Ohio State Native Fruit: Pawpaw
Photograph: ARS Photo by (Scott Bauer)

Adoption of the Ohio State Native Fruit

Senate Bill No. 243 (SB243) was introduced in the Ohio State Senate on October 18, 2007 as a proposal to name October 22 as "U.S.S Hocking Day."

The bill designates October 22 as "U.S.S. Hocking Day" in honor of the distinguished career of the U.S.S. Hocking, a World War II attack transport ship, the navy crewmen who served on it, and the marines who were carried into battle on it.

By the time SB243 was signed by Governor Ted Strickland on January 6, 2009, it included legislation for the following:

  • Designation of twenty-four (24) special days, weeks, months, and years from naming year 2008 as the "Year of the Veteran" to naming June 19 as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" to naming the fourth Sunday in September as "Internet Safety Day" to specifying that "Ohio Save for Retirement Week" will fall on the same week as federal law designates as "National Save for Retirement Week."
  • Naming eight (8) speclal license plates from including "persons who served in the armed forces of the United States in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom or in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and who are on active duty or are honorably discharged are eligible to apply for and receive veterans license plates" to new "Support Our Troops" license plates to "historically black fraternaty/sorority license plates."
  • Designation of fifteeen (15) specially named roads and bridges, including a section of Route 270 as "Trooper Wendy G. Everett Memorial Highway" and the Lake Milton Bridge as the "Peter J. Delucia Memorial Bridge."
  • Naming the tomato the state fruit and the pawpaw the state native fruit.

And yes, October 22 was designated "U.S.S. Hocking Day."

The legislation prescribed in Senate Bill No. 243 is effective April 7, 2009, three months after receipt of the Governor Strickland's signature.


Ohio Revised Code. Ohio General Assembly. 2009. 21 March 2009

Additional Information

What tree is it? Pawpaw: Ohio Public Library Information Network & The Ohio Historical Society.

Pawpaw: Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products.

Pawpaw: California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.

The Pawpaw, a Forgotten North American Fruit Tree: By Jose I. Hormaza.

Pawpaw Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal: Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resources: Department of Forestry.

Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal (Pawpaw): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

Asimina triloba: CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.

State Fruit: Complete list of official state fruit.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Ohio state symbols.

Integration Acres: Integration Acres ships fresh fruit (seasonally) across the United States, boasts an established line of jarred and frozen pawpaw products, and is dedicated to providing delicious, nutritious and out-of-the-ordinary products that come directly from the farms and hills of Southeastern Ohio. Integration Acres will accomodate groups who want to learn more about the farm and its eco-minded business practices. On-site field trips can be arranged, or Chris Chmiel can make presentations to your group or organization. Internships are also available.

Ohio Pawpaw festival: Come to scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for the biggest and best pawpaw celebration in the world.

Website: Ohio Pawpaw growers association.

Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening
Possum in the Pawpaw Tree
B. Rosie Lerner & Beverly S Netzhammer

Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening, by B. Rosie Lerner and Beverly S Netzhammer. 308 pages. Purdue University Press (November 1, 1994) One of the latest trends in home horticulture is regional gardening, but most popular garden books and syndicated columns are written by authors on the East or West coasts. Possum in the Pawpaw Tree is aimed at the heartland of the United States, where "normal" weather means bitter winters, torrential spring rains, and summer drought.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. 464 pages. Penguin Press HC, The (April 11, 2006) The bestselling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the twenty-first century

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan. 256 pages. Penguin Press HC, The (2008) In looking toward traditional diets the world over, as well as the foods our families-and regions-historically enjoyed, we can recover a more balanced, reasonable, and pleasurable approach to food. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we might start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives and enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy.

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