Pawpaw - A "Tropical" Fruit for Temperate Climates

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This publication is intended as a summary overview of pawpaw (or paw paw) production, including overall culture, pests, harvest, post-harvest, marketing, and research which seeks to develop the pawpaw’s potential for commercial development.
The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) has great potential for commercial development. Though the pawpaw’s only near relatives are tropical and the pawpaw looks like a mango and tastes like a banana, it is not tropical but is native to most of the eastern U.S. and even into Canada. The pawpaw grows best in areas with hot summers and cold winters (USDA Zones 5-8). It is hardy and relatively pest-free, and its tolerance to shade makes it suitable for intercropping with other trees. In addition, the pawpaw has genetic variability that can be used to improve the plant.

Guy Ames
Lane Greer
ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service