ASIMINA, Dec. Ty. (Annona sp. L. Porcelia of others.) Papaw, Custard Apple. Asiminier in Louisiana. The A. triloba, found from Ohio to Mexico. Fruit with a bad smell, but when ripe after frost, the pulp is sweet, luscious, yellow, similar to Custards. It is sedative, laxative and healthy. A wine is made of it, quite clear and good, useful for aphthas of children. The skin of the fruit and the seeds are fetid, smell similar to Datura. The A. grandiflora of Florida, has large fragrant white blossoms, and a fruit like Cucumber, rough outside, but with a fine hard yellow pulp inside, delicious and wholesome. The A. incarnata has also a fine fruit. All these shrubs deserve cultivation. The Indians make strong ropes with their bark.
Medical Flora, or Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America, Vol. 2, 1830, was written by C. S. Rafinesque.