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pawpaw.kysu provides information on how to grow and use fruit from the North American pawpaw tree.

KSU Pawpaw Program

The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) fruit has both fresh market and processing appeal, with a tropical like flavor that resembles a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple. Kentucky State University has the only full-time pawpaw research program in the world as part of the KSU Land Grant Program. Pawpaw research efforts are directed at improving propagation methods, developing orchard management recommendations, conducting regional variety trials, understanding fruit ripening and storage techniques, and germplasm collection and characterization of genetic diversity.

USDA National Clonal Repository for Pawpaw   

Since 1994, KSU has served as the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository or gene bank, for Asimina species (pawpaw), as a satellite site of the NCGR repository at Corvallis, OR. There are over 2,000 accessions (trees) from 17 states that are planted on 12 acres at the KSU farm. We are evaluating the genetic diversity contained in wild pawpaw populations so that unique material can be added to the KYSU repository collection; this potentially rich source of useful genetic traits will be used in breeding efforts.

Pawpaw News


Pawpaw Pollination (06/04/16)


Meet the pawpaw, America's forgotten fruit (12/04/15)


It's pawpaw pickin' time! (10/29/15)


How did Americans forget about the pawpaw (09/14/15)


Pawpaw trees promise sweets to savor (09/06/15)


Pawpaw Americas forgotten fruit (09/08/15)


Pawpaw celebration returns to Lake Snowden this weekend (09/06/15)


Little-known tropical fruit pawpaw has sweet taste, interesting history (09/01/15)


Local author Andy Moore writes the first book about the fruit called the pawpaw (08/12/15)


Gardeners can grow their own pawpaw patch (04/08/15)


Ohio Pawpaw Festival on September 11-13, 2015!


Picking up Pawpaws: An Evaluation of
Consumer Willingness to Sample Unusual Regional Products! (05/22/14)

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Questions about pawpaws? Contact Sheri Crabtree at sheri.crabtree@kysu.edu or telephone # 502-597-6375.  Pawpaw Program questions? Contact Dr. Kirk Pomper at: kirk.pomper@kysu.edu

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