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Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #7102651

Thanks for clarifying that these are two entirely different fruits. Your detailed article makes me want to plant one, but that would be silly before I decide if I'd eat it. I've never seen pawpaw at the store. I guess I should look for one, try it and then decide it it's a tree/fruit that belongs on my garden. But you got me almost convinced to grow one, lol.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 25, 2009
1:22 PM

Post #7102684

Yes, "they" say that the name came from an outward resemblance of pawpaw fruit to papaya fruit.
I try not to be like the vendors who make you want to plant everything they sell. But hey, I can't help it, if the virtues outnumber the vices of the plant.
I was just re reading the cultural requirements of the tree and see that its does best in zone 5 to 8 due to needing 400 'chill hours' to break dormancy. I'm not sure how that works, but in zone 9 I think you better ask that question before buying. LOL. I have also been really curious about this thing--I think I found ripe fruit in Southern Maryland years ago, but its a two hour drive back there so I haven't gone to look lately.
Peterson Pawpaws is a big name in the business. Kentucky State U has tons of information. Good luck and thanks for commenting!
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #7102716

I love "they".

I think people in my area grow pawpaw, but maybe they were talking about papayas.

thanks, Sally.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 25, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #7103019

Thanks for the eduction about this lovely tree Sally.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #7105011

You're very welcome, dahlianut.
Murphysboro, IL
(Zone 6b)

September 28, 2009
1:02 PM

Post #7112085

Looking around on the web for pawpaw recipes last year, I discovered that in Australia, pawpaw is a name they commonly use for papaya (and I doubt most Australians have ever heard of the native American fruit!). So it's not surprising there's a lot of name confusion.

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