Pawpaw Tree fruit is nutritious. It contains more calcium than an orange, more iron than apples, oranges and bananas, higher in vitamins A,C and B3 than apples and more protein than bananas or apples. They are bursting with essential amino acids, antioxidants and acetogenins.
Acetogenins found in paw paw are effective against lice, parasites, plant pests and cancer cells.
Description: A small tree about 12 to 15 feet tall with delicate purple blooms in the spring appearing before the leaves. Long tropical looking leaves which turn yellow in fall. Produces clusters of custard-like oval fruits, high in protein, in the fall that taste like tropical banana/mango.
Conditions: Warm to hot summers, mild to cold winters, zone 5 to 8, capable of fruiting in shade but optimum yields in full sun with wind protection. Not too picky about soil.
In its native region, pawpaw grows as an under-story of black walnut found along bottomlands When small, the pawpaw tree is fragile and needs protection from strong wind, grass competition and sun. 1 to 3 foot trees benefit from a tree shelter. Once established, they are vigorous and easy to maintain. It is reported that pawpaws are not bothered by deer.
Uses: Ideal for edible landscaping, wildlife gardens and butterfly gardens. Fruit can be eaten fresh, ice cream, pie, ingredient for beer plus more. Substitute pawpaw for banana in nearly any recipe.
Our pawpaw tree seed stock is harvested directly from orchards of grafted cultivars in Michigan. The genetic parentage has a greater chance of producing a better offspring than random seedlings.
- Tree shelter and stake available for purchase.
- 1 gallon pot $20.00
Curly Frog Farm has several species of hardwood trees inter-planted with conifers and fruit trees based on principles and innovative practices such as sustainability and agroforestry. Nut species such as black walnut, English walnut, trazels, and yellow horn are planted for their timber value as well as for biodiversity, food and wildlife. Among the nut trees are Christmas trees, mulberry and paw paw fruit trees, herbs, black raspberries, vegetables and flowers.