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 Photograph of pawpaw fruit being sold at the Frankfort Kentucky Farmers Market in 2008. Photo by Kirk Pomper.

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 seed and clonal propagation methods, developing orchard management recommendations, conducting regional variety trials, understanding fruit ripening processes, developing fruit storage techniques, and germplasm collection and characterization of genetic diversity.

USDA National Clonal Repository for Pawpaw at KSU  

Since 1994, Kentucky State University has served as the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository (NCGR), 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 10 acres at the KSU farm. We are attempting to evaluate the genetic diversity contained in wild pawpaw populations across its native range 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

Indigenous Pawpaw Named Native Fruit of Ohio (article in The Post on 1/13/09)

The KSU pawpaw website introduces new format! (KSU on 1/13/09)

Pawpaws: A Fruit with A Furture (article in Columbia Missourian on 10/6/08)




















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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