Asimina Shenandoah, Peterson’s Pawpaw
Good yields of sweet fruits with mild flavor are produced on Shenandoah Pawpaw trees. Fleshy fruits with only a 6% seed to fruit percentage with a succulent custard-like texture are a popular choice at farmers markets. Fruits can be up to one pound in weight.
Neal Peterson is renowned for his breading of Pawpaw trees. His Pawpaws are more reliable producers with larger, fleshier and tastier fruit than the wild Pawpaw.
Pawpaws are native Missouri trees that produce fruit in fall that has a flavor reminiscent of bananas. In fact Pawpaws are sometimes know as the Missouri Banana Tree. The host plant to the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly, their caterpillars exclusively eat Pawpaw leaves.