The pawpaw is a tree of temperate humid growing zones, requiring warm to hot summers, mild to cold winters, and a minimum of 32 inches (81 cm) of rainfall spread rather evenly throughout the year, with the majority falling in spring and summer. It is reported that the pawpaw (Asimina triloba) fruit has both fresh market and processing appeal, with a tropical-like flavor that resembles a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple. Delaware State University has worked with Kentucky State University since Summer 2019, as KSU has the only full-time pawpaw research program in the world. Our current DSU Pawpaw research effort is part of regional variety trials to explore the tree's adaptation to the Delaware climate; results should become available in the next several years.
For more information, please contact Lekha N. Paudel, PhD, Farm Management Specialist, DSU Cooperative Extension: 302.857.7796