One bright spot is a long overlooked, spindly understory tree - called the "banana of the Americas" - the PawPaw.
PawPaws grow mango sized fruits in late summer/early Fall and can be found long river sides in forests. The outside is rough and green, the flesh inside is soupy, yellow and sweet with seeds inside. In other words - it resembles a tropical fruit but can be found wild in northern climes or cultivated in the mid-Atlantic and further south.
The taste? Somewhere between a mango and a banana. It can be eaten fresh, made into ice cream, added to baked goods or smoothies- anything you can do with a mango.