The last couple weeks I have been picking up pawpaws and fixing fig jam from backyard fruits which I have been growing for years. The harvest has been good and even tastier. Two sweet native fruits that grow in North Carolina that are very nutritious and have provided a food source for humans and wild animals for millennia can be grown in your yard. Figs (Ficus carica) and pawpaws (Asimina triloba) grow in sun or partial shade in multiple types of soils. Both fruits are good for baking, fresh eating and have unique flavors.

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Gwyn Riddick is a North Carolina Certified Plantsman and former owner of Riddick Greenhouses & Nursery. He is a Fellow of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NCSU). If you have gardening questions, send them to Gwyn Riddick at The High Point Enterprise, 213 Woodbine St., High Point, N.C. 27260, or email gwynriddick@gmail.com.

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