The largest edible fruit native to the United States tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango. It grows wild in twenty-six states, gracing Eastern forests each fall with sweet-smelling, tropical-flavored abundance. Historically, it fed and sustained Native Americans and European explorers, presidents, inspiring folk songs, poetry, and scores of place names from Georgia to Illinois.

Learn more about this forgotten fruit during a special lecture at Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 13.