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Paw Paw

Paw Paw (Boone Farm Seeds)

Botanical Name: Asimina triloba

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Description

AVAILABLE IN FALL ONLY. Paw Paw, also called “Michigan Banana” is a large, tropical, sweet fruit that is easy to grow. Native to North America, Paw Paw is a beautiful small tree that produces large quantities of delectable fruits in the fall. Trees will grow in part shade and are somewhat deer resistant. Flesh is creamy, light yellow, custard like and reminiscent of the flavor of banana. We love to eat them straight off of the tree (don’t eat the skin or seeds) or we cook the pulp into muffins, pancakes, and other baked goodies. Paw Paw is fabulous served with a contrasting tart fruit such as fall red raspberries or currants. Pulp can be preserved by freezing. These seeds are from our friend Marc Boone who has been growing paw paws since 1986. Marc's trees are a mix of grafted trees that produce large fruit (the size of a small mango) and wild paw paw trees which produce smaller fruit (about the size of an apricot). These seeds will grow trees that will make fruit in a range of sizes but all are sure to taste good! If you are looking for consistently large fruit - see Nature & Nurture Select paw paw seeds. Paw Paws are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  Grow in USDA zones 5-8. SEEDS ONLY AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER.

Growing

Growing Instructions:

Paw Paw trees can be grown in USDA zones 5-8. Plant seeds ASAP in October or November, 1 inch deep and 8-30 feet apart. Alternatively, plant 2-3 seeds in patches at least 8 feet apart - when plants emerge in summer, thin each “patch” to the strongest seedling. Store seeds temporarily in the refrigerator, in a plastic bag, in a moist towel until you can plant them – do not let them dry out. Protect young trees from deer with fencing (mature trees are deer resistant). Paw Paw trees like a lot of water so be sure to water them. You will need at least 2 trees for pollination. Trees will eventually make suckers (you can mow the suckers if you don’t want them). From seed, you should be eating fruit in just 4-6 years. Fruit may be eaten by raccoons and squirrels – protect them with a motion activated sprinkler (called a “Scarecrow”).

 

Harvest:

Harvest fruit when begin to turn soft.

 

Seed Saving Instructions:

Collect seeds from fully ripened fruit. Plant seeds immediately or store in wet towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 month - do not let the seeds dry out! Plant seeds in the fall. 

Seed Stories

Paw Paw is the largest fruit indigenous to North America. Related to the tropical fruits cherimoya and soursop, it is the only species of the Annonaceae family that can survive in frigid winters. Wild Paw Paws grow from Michigan to Florida but the largest and best tasting fruits are found in the north. Paw Paws were used extensively by Native Americans and were eaten by European settlers but have fallen out of usage in the modern industrial food system due to their soft fruits that have a short shelf life. Paw Paw trees provide habitat for the unusual Zebra Swallowtail butterfly.

Paw Paw (Boone Farm Seeds)

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Description

AVAILABLE IN FALL ONLY. Paw Paw, also called “Michigan Banana” is a large, tropical, sweet fruit that is easy to grow. Native to North America, Paw Paw is a beautiful small tree that produces large quantities of delectable fruits in the fall. Trees will grow in part shade and are somewhat deer resistant. Flesh is creamy, light yellow, custard like and reminiscent of the flavor of banana. We love to eat them straight off of the tree (don’t eat the skin or seeds) or we cook the pulp into muffins, pancakes, and other baked goodies. Paw Paw is fabulous served with a contrasting tart fruit such as fall red raspberries or currants. Pulp can be preserved by freezing. These seeds are from our friend Marc Boone who has been growing paw paws since 1986. Marc's trees are a mix of grafted trees that produce large fruit (the size of a small mango) and wild paw paw trees which produce smaller fruit (about the size of an apricot). These seeds will grow trees that will make fruit in a range of sizes but all are sure to taste good! If you are looking for consistently large fruit - see Nature & Nurture Select paw paw seeds. Paw Paws are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  Grow in USDA zones 5-8. SEEDS ONLY AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER.

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Growing

Growing Instructions:

Paw Paw trees can be grown in USDA zones 5-8. Plant seeds ASAP in October or November, 1 inch deep and 8-30 feet apart. Alternatively, plant 2-3 seeds in patches at least 8 feet apart - when plants emerge in summer, thin each “patch” to the strongest seedling. Store seeds temporarily in the refrigerator, in a plastic bag, in a moist towel until you can plant them – do not let them dry out. Protect young trees from deer with fencing (mature trees are deer resistant). Paw Paw trees like a lot of water so be sure to water them. You will need at least 2 trees for pollination. Trees will eventually make suckers (you can mow the suckers if you don’t want them). From seed, you should be eating fruit in just 4-6 years. Fruit may be eaten by raccoons and squirrels – protect them with a motion activated sprinkler (called a “Scarecrow”).

 

Harvest:

Harvest fruit when begin to turn soft.

 

Seed Saving Instructions:

Collect seeds from fully ripened fruit. Plant seeds immediately or store in wet towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 month - do not let the seeds dry out! Plant seeds in the fall. 

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Seed Stories

Paw Paw is the largest fruit indigenous to North America. Related to the tropical fruits cherimoya and soursop, it is the only species of the Annonaceae family that can survive in frigid winters. Wild Paw Paws grow from Michigan to Florida but the largest and best tasting fruits are found in the north. Paw Paws were used extensively by Native Americans and were eaten by European settlers but have fallen out of usage in the modern industrial food system due to their soft fruits that have a short shelf life. Paw Paw trees provide habitat for the unusual Zebra Swallowtail butterfly.

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