Fresh Exotic Paw Paw Fruit Tree (Asimina Triloba) common Paw-Paw, native tree, Organic Non-GMO B5

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Tropical flavor. America's largest native fruit. Needs full sun for maximum production. Takes two trees for good fertilization.

Delectably fruity, banana-like flavor. The pyramid-shaped tree provides ornamental beauty with unique dark-purple flowers in spring and tropical-looking foliage through fall. The fruit has green skin with slightly orange flesh and a creamy custard texture. High in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Tree prefers partial shade, but a warm, sunny location is ideal for ripening fruit in cooler regions. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. For proper pollination, plant another pawpaw variety.

Count: 5
Botanical Name: Asimina triloba (three-bladed)
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8 Mature Size: When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 25' tall x 15 - 25' wide. Spacing: We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 25' apart to ensure room for growth. Pollination: Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination. Bloom Color: Purple Fruit Color: Green Fruit Size: Medium - Large Ripens/Harvest: September Shade/Sun: Partial Shade - Full Sun Soil Composition: Loamy, Sandy Soil Moisture: Well Drained - Moist Soil pH Level: 5.5 - 7.0 Taste: Superb Texture: Soft Years to Bear: 3 - 5

Seeds are fresh. If you can't plant them now, we recommend refrigerating them until you are ready and no later than 3 months.

Pawpaw trees are native to the United States and grow wild here in eastern Kansas. The fruits of this native variety are large and delicious. The plant tolerates winter frosts: not long to-35ºC and long to-20ºC! The banana tree looks decorative and gives us very tasty, sweet fruits, which many compare in shape with shortened bananas, and taste with a number of tropical fruits, such as pineapple, banana, mango, papaya

Despite Pawpaw's exotic appearance is not a tropical plant. It is not high (up to 4-5 meters, if not cut) deciduous tree genus Asimina family Anonovyh (Annonaceae). Pawpaw leaves are large (up to 30 cm long), glossy, bright green. In autumn they turn yellow and fall off. The flowers are Burgundy-brown, up to 5 cm in diameter, have a weak not very pleasant smell. Flowering occurs in April-may and lasts about three weeks. The plant is cross-pollinated, so when growing at home (if of course, you want to see the fruits) it is recommended at least for the spring and summer period to make it into the garden or to pollinate the house yourself (how to do it read here). On one flower, several fruits are usually tied at once. They are oblong, first green, then yellow (and after freezing dark brown), with large seeds, weighing from 20 grams to 0.5 kg. Stored for a long time, usually no more than a week, so on the shelves of shops almost do not occur.

The properties of the Pawpaw are still being studied, but some facts already exist. For example, it is well known that the fruits of Azimina contain many vitamins (especially they are rich in vitamins C and A) and trace elements: potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron. It is worth noting that the fruits are quite high in calories (about 360 kcal). Cultivation. A big plus in favor of growing Azimina-it practically does not suffer from diseases and pests.

How to Plant Pawpaw Seeds

Even when provided with adequate shade, germinating pawpaw seeds requires a 60- to a 100-day period of cold, moist stratification. Seeds are generally sown directly in the ground, or in deep tree containers in late fall after the seeds ripen in fall. Stratification can also be mimicked in a refrigerator at 32-40 F. (0-4 C.). For this method, pawpaw seeds should be placed in a Ziploc bag with moist, but not wet, sphagnum moss and sealed.

Seeds should be kept in the refrigerator for 70-100 days. Once removed from the refrigerator, the seeds can be soaked in warm water for 24 hours to break dormancy, then planted in the ground or in deep containers.

Pawpaw seedlings usually sprout a month or two after germination but aerial growth will be very slow for the first two years as the plant expends most of its energy into root development. Pawpaw trees are hardy in U.S. hardiness zones 5-8. They prefer well-draining, slightly acidic soil in the pH range of 5.5-7. In heavy clay or waterlogged soils, pawpaw seedlings will not perform well and may die. Proper drainage is essential for optimal growth. Pawpaw trees also do not transplant well, so it is important to plant pawpaw seeds in a site where they can permanently stay, or in a large enough container where they can grow for some time.

Pawpaw seeds, like their fruit, have a very short shelf life. Seeds should never be stored by drying or freezing. In just three days of drying, pawpaw seeds can lose about 20% of their viability. Pawpaw seeds ripen in fall (September to October) and are usually removed from the fruit, washed, and used immediately for seed propagation.

When planted in autumn, pawpaw seeds usually germinate and produce shoots in the summer of the following year.

Other names under which this plant occurs: Nebraska banana, Northern banana, dog banana, American papaya, Tammy Pawpaw, Asimina Triloba, common Paw-Paw, wild banana, prairie banana, Indiana banana, Hoosier banana, hipster banana, West Virginia banana, Kansas banana, Kentucky banana, Michigan banana, Missouri banana, Appalachian banana, Ozark banana, Indian banana, banana, and the poor man's banana, as well as American custard apple, atemoya, Quaker delight, and hillbilly mango.

Pawpaw fruits have a tropical flavor that combines the taste of banana and mango, with a citrusy, floral, yeasty aftertaste like an unfiltered wheat beer.

There are several ways to use pawpaw fruits:

Make a smoothie with pawpaw, apples, berries, oranges and fresh ginger Puree the flesh to make pawpaw butter and add it to oatmeal. Use pureed pawpaw fruit to make fruit leather. Use the fruit to make baked goods or cocktails. Serve toast with pawpaw fruit and a drizzle of honey.