Properties and uses of the donkey
The donkey, or paw paw if you prefer, is considered unusually rich in protein to be a fruit. It also hides a good deal of vitaminsin particular of groups A and C, of mineral salts such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and manganese and of essential amino acids. However, there are few carbohydrates. Today, in addition to being eaten raw, the donkey is transformed into a large number of products: jams, sauces and even curry and beer.
But the most interesting use comes from the past. The fruit was particularly appreciated by American Indians not only as food, but also because it was obtained from its seeds a kind of shampoo to treat lice. The substances contained in them are indeed excellent repellent and they are the reason why the donkey plant is easily cultivable without the use of large quantities of insecticides and pesticides. Not surprisingly, the name by which the fruit is known in the United States (Pawpaw) derives from the name of tribe of native Paw Pawor Pawpaw, understood as “fruit of the Paw Paw”.