The BYFG Pawpaw Page
The Pawpaw is a fruit that's
near and dear to many Backyard Fruit Growers, and is deserving of the
additional attention it's finally starting to get among fruit
lovers. The fruit is juicy and delicious, with a unique flavor
and texture. Trees are generally pest-free, and once established
are easy to grow and maintain. Efforts are underway to breed
improved varieties, a few of which have been recently released and are
proving highly desirable. While this page won't give you all
there is to know about the Pawpaw, we hope it points you in the right
direction and gets you interested in a delicious fruit worthy of your
General Pawpaw Information
- The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to America.
Fruit can range from 2 to 5 or more inches long (see
photos) and can weigh as much as a pound, though they're usually a
half pound or less in the wild
- Flavor is likened to banana, mango, and pineapple, with a
- Fruit often hangs in clusters or two or more
- Pawpaws are usually found as understory trees in moist areas with
- Pawpaw roots aren't very "hairy," and trees have a large taproot,
making them difficult to transplant
- Pawpaws sucker in the wild, resulting in pawpaw "patches" of
- Pawpaw seeds must be kept moist and require a "stratification"
(chilling) period in order to germinate
- Rarely, some people develop an allergic dermatitis reaction like
poison ivy to pawpaw fruit
Missing! Do you know where
a tree of any of these cultivars can be found?
BYFG Pawpaw Activites
- Annual Pawpaw Tour - Backyard Fruit Growers holds an
annual Pawpaw Tour of a number of wild pawpaw "patches" along the
Susquehanna river in Lancaster county.
- Annual Fall Tasting - During our annual fall (apple)
tasting event, sometimes pawpaws or other interesting fruit show up to
taste as well. This past fall the tasting included apples,
pawpaws, persimmons (Kaki and Common), Kiwifruit, apple butter, and
cider from a number of member orchards.
Pawpaw Fact Sheets and Guides
Pawpaw Sources Online
- Blossom Nursery -
Nearly a dozen Pawpaw varieties available as small grafted trees
shipped in the containers they were grown in. Per their web site,
prices include shipping.
- Burnt Ridge
Nursery & Orchards - Five named varieties plus seedlings
- Nolin River Nursery -
More than a dozen Pawpaw varieties available as small grafted trees in
a number of sizes.
- One Green World - Not
sure as their catalog is offline
- Peterson Pawpaws -
Neal Peterson's pawpaw site - the originator and source of the
"Susquehanna," "Shenandoah," and "Rapahannock" pawpaw cultivars.
- Raintree - More than
a half dozen Pawpaw varieties available as small grafted trees in a one
- Trees of Antiquity
- A few select varieties shipped in containers
Comments or suggestions
including other useful information or links to other web pages can be
to Bill Dailey