This unique and popular American native bears very large fruit with a custard-like texture and exotic and delicious fruity, banana like flavor.
Pawpaw is slow growing and pyramidal-shaped with tropical looking foliage that can reach 1 foot in length. Happy in sun or partial shade, Pawpaw is hardy to minus 25 degrees F, and likes well-drained soil. A combination of at least two varieties are necessary for fruit production. Pawpaws usually begin bearing in two or three years and the fruit ripens from September to October.
From its unique Pawpaw breeding program, the only one like it in the world, Kentucky State University has introduced the superior selections listed below. In addition to this breeding and selection work, KSU holds field days to give growers useful information about growing this unique, native American fruit.
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KSU - Atwood™
(KSU 8-2 cv.) The first variety released from the KSU breeding program, this unique, early ripening selection was chosen for its very heavy crops (150 or more fruit per tree) and its rich and delicious flavor.
KSU - Benson™
(KSU 7-5 cv.) This superior and very productive variety bears abundant crops of attractive, early ripening, round fruit. This unique fruit features delectable flavors of mango, pineapple and banana.
KSU - Chappell™
(KSU 4-1 cv.) The newest introduction from the KSU breeding progrram, this unique and attractive variety features very large flavorful fruit with sweet and delicious custard-like flesh. KSU - Chappell™ fruit weighs up to 1 pound each and the tree is very vigorous and easy to grow.