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January 5, 1918

Current Comment

JAMA. 1918;70(1):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600010029015

THE PAPAW AND ITS FOOD VALUE  In magazines and newspapers, on billboards and street car signs, in fact, everywhere, we are being told that food will win the war. While it will, of course, take something more than food to accomplish this purpose, at the same time this is an immediate need; consequently more thought is being given to food than ever before, and a general survey is being made of the fruits of the earth to learn whether any food substances have been overlooked. Langworthy and Holmes1 of the Department of Home Economics have made an investigation of the American papaw, a fruit which they state has heretofore been used as a food only in certain localities in which it has grown practically wild. They believe that it deserves further consideration. The name papaw is applied to two distinctly different fruits, both grown in the United States—one, the