Paw Paw (Nature & Nurture Select Seeds)

Asimina triloba

$9.95

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AVAILABLE IN FALL ONLY. Paw Paw, also called “Michigan Banana” is a large, tropical, sweet fruit that is easy to grow. Mike ate his first Paw Paw in 2000 and has been hooked ever since! 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. Fruit are the size and shape of a medium-sized mango with several seeds inside. 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. Our fruit and nut mentor from Flint, MI, Gordon Nofs gave us seeds from his trees in 2002 which went on to produce trees with large, great tasting fruit. These seeds are from these trees which are sure to produce great, large fruit! Paw Paws are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  Grow in USDA zones 5-8. SEEDS ONLY AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER. NN

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”).