Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) aka: american pawpaw, custard banana, prairie banana, Indiana (Hoosier) banana, Kentucky banana, Michigan banana, and Ozark banana, is a brown to yellow skinned fruit with a bright yellow custard pulp studded in the center with many oval shaped seeds.

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How to choose Pawpaw

Papaws are green when not ripe and turn to a yellow brown as they ripen. They will become very soft before they are ready to eat.

Climate and origin

Pawpaw originated from the Eastern United States. A hardy plant, it will grow as far north as New York, however, it is not widely cultivated across the world.


Pawpaws are sweet fruits with a custard texture and tropical flavor.

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Miscellaneous information

Pawpaw is the largest edible fruit that is indigenous to the United States. A hearty tree, pawpaws will grow easily from their seeds, but take time to fruit.

Papayas are sometimes called "pawpaw", however, the two fruits are unrelated.

Similar tasting produce

Bananas, Mango

Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Pawpaw + Complete Nutrition Facts

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