|Integration Acres is a family owned business dedicated to providing delicous and interesting products that come from the farms and hills of southeastern Ohio. Our developing agricultural techniques take advantage of the many underused microclimates of our area, like fence rows and forest understory, to provide a wide array of biologically diverse crops|
We try and work with native plants of our area. Because they grow so easily here, most people call them weeds. That means we don't have to spend so much energy tending to them. We are developing sophisticated ways of increasing production, but we are committed to natural and organic farming methods. You can trust that your purchase is a vote for sustainable agriculture and the family farm.
Back in the mid 1990's we decided to investigate this incredibly delicious and abundant wild fruit know to botanists as Asimina trilboa. Thanks to the internet and email we were able to discover that the pawpaw actually had a long history of use in our region. We discovered that the native cultures that once thrived in our region relied heavily upon pawpaw plantations that grew along the rivers they once traveled. We learned how the fronteirsmen and early explorers gained sustainance from this nutritious fruit. And we were excited to learn that there was actually a whole movement of scientists and farmers interested in bringing the pawpaw back into the diets of modern people. If you want to learn more about planting pawpaws and how to become a member of the Pawpaw Foundation please visit http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu
We are now excited to be contributing to the re-development of the pawpaw industry in Appalachia. We work out of a community kitchen incubator in Athens, Ohio (Link to Acenet's website). We are in the process of developing Good Manufacturing Processes that will continue to ensure the highest quality pawpaw products available of the market.
Pawpaw Pleasures has made it easy for chefs and restaurants to develop creative and exciting new dishes using the nutritious pawpaw pulp. Pawpaw ice cream is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy the pawpaw. We also think that fresh fruit smoothies make an excellent choice for introducing the public to pawpaw pulp.
Casa Nueva, a worker-owner restaurant in Athens, Ohio is one of our oldest accounts. Their Pawpaw Lassi is an Appalachian version of the mango lassi found in Indian restaurants.
blend, blend, blend.
Spicebush is so fragrant that when you brush by it in the forest understory, you immediately take notice of it. It has a long history of culinary use in our region dating back to the native cultures - traditionally used as spice for gamey meat. The spicebush produces male and female bushes. The females produce red berries that can be picked and dried in the early fall. This berries have been used as an allspice substitute. The berries must be stored whole and then ground only prior to use. This is due to the rich oils of the berries. Though this spice is relatively unknown, it has been tested extensively for safety and has been shown to be generally regarded as safe (GRAS). This bush grows in the rich valleys of Appalachia and is often close to other botanical treasures like ginseng, goldenseal and morel mushrooms.
layer meat with the fresh or dried spicewood
cook on the barbeque with the leaves wrapped around the meat. This provides a nice backyard barbeque experience. Plant a spicebush right next to your barbeque for sustained future enjoyment