[NAFEX] Seeking advice about paw paws
Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Wed Apr 19 16:12:56 EDT 2006
I, too, am a supertaster, and am looking for Paw Paw varieties without that
With fruits I can separate out the bitter or other flavor I dont like, and
I will like the other flavors present. One of my early posts okay, a few
of them was looking for sources for Lavender Gem, a tangelolo. With its
largely grapefruit heritage, tangelolos have all the spritely and refreshing
citrus flavor of grapefruit, but the tang part just seems to shut down the
bitterness gene. Still looking
found a source in Southern CA, but theyre
closing shop. I also have similar problems with papaya the varieties I
can get in CA have an off-taste to me, but there are some Mexican varieties
that wont grow here that taste delicious.
Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8,
Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate
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Subject: [NAFEX] Seeking advice about paw paws
--Is there a reasonable expectation of getting tasty fruits from
seedlings? Or do I need to purchase grafted trees (about $25 each
from Raintree)? Being optimistic about the quality of seedlings, I
would like to try raising the trees from seed, bu I'm getting too old
to wait years for fruit and then be disappointed in the taste.--
Well, I've grown grafted and seedling pawpaws, and have grafted my own.
Purchased grafted pawpaws will produce fruit about 2 years earlier than
seedling trees (on average). I'd say you'll start getting flowers (and
remember you have to have flowers on two different varieties to get fruit)
about 4 years after planting (might be 3-5). Anybody's experience
Once you get flowers, it helps (and is very easy) to hand pollinate.
Neal Peterson, founder of the PawPaw Foundation, now has his own varieties
of 'scienfically bred/selected' varieties. But I think you're looking at
get trees from him as he only ships bareroot and only in the Spring.
Seedlings will produce fruit. Sometimes they're small and sometimes they're
is 3 or so inches long and 2 wide (the fruits are kind of potato or been
shaped). Large are
4-5 inches long and 3 inches wide. Given the size of the seeds (~1 inch) it
a difference in how much flesh there is.
Flavor. I haven't tasted that many varieties. But I loved Pawpaws until my
wife, who is
a 'supertaster' (she is definitively more sensitive to taste and smells than
I am), pointed
out the aftertaste of pawpaws which can be bitter, at least in some
I don't like them nearly as much as I used to because I'm always looking for
taste to be present. Funny how the mind can emphasize or blind you to
until it's pointed out, and then you can't go back to your previous blissful
Others have pointed out a local source to you which sounds excellent. My
usually has a Pawpaw tasting tour in September, to go and taste pawpaws in
locations in PA.
SE PA, zone 6
40° 5' N 75° 51'W
~650 ft elevation
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