Every year Pawpaw season blooms for a few fleeting weeks starting in late August before disappearing just as quickly as it came. For many who know and love this indigenous fruit, pawpaw season is an exciting time highlighting the close of summer and the beginning of fall, but for most the pawpaw and its rich American history comes and goes without notice.
The pawpaw is the only tropical fruit native to a temperate climate. It is indigenous to the United States and has a long rich history. Because it has evaded major agriculture, the pawpaw remains a fruit enjoyed by those who know how to forage their own supply. Every year we partner with Jim Davis to bring fresh, ripe pawpaws from his orchard in Westminster, Maryland all across the United States.
The pawpaw has been described as the custard apple– smooth and creamy in texture with a tropical flavor described as a cross between a mango and a banana with hints of papaya and melon.
This year we are featuring two varieties
Pawpaw Fun Facts
Thomas Jefferson kept pawpaws at Monticello and brought seeds to France to share with his friends.
Lewis & Clark relied on the pawpaw as well as foraged nuts during their return trip in the fall of 1810 when in western Missouri their rations ran low and no game was to be found.
The Pawpaw is the only tropical fruit indigenous to a temperate climate.
The geologic fossil record confirms this fruit is native to the United States.