The taste is reminiscent of banana custard. There is sweetness and a little bit of tang, and happily I can say that the fruit tastes like it smells. There are no lies when you bite into it.
There are a bunch of varieties of pawpaws, of which we appear to have two in our yard. (We have two trees producing small peanut-shaped fruit about the size of two golfballs and a stand of trees that produces fruit the size of a fat Idaho potato.) Pawpaw trees are easy keepers, but prefer a lot more water than they usually get here on the top of the hill if they are actually going to produce fruit. This year we had a lot of rain over the spring and early summer, and the results were delicious.
Before (the pretty side)
The not-so-photogenic side of the same fruit