How can I tell when pawpaws are ripe?

Asked August 31, 2015, 1:15 PM EDT

I planted two pawpaw trees at the back of my yard along the woods a while ago. Both have produced suckers that are growing into the woods and creating a pawpaw patch. This year, one of the trees has a few fruits on it. How do I tell when they are ripe? P.S. Deer don't touch the trees.

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