FoodLink - Purdue Extension


Asimina triloba
Other Name(s): pawpaw, paw paw, paw-paw, hoosier banana
Available from August to October


The most popular way to eat a pawpaw is by simply rinsing it in a cool stream of water, cutting it in half lengthwise and removing the seeds with a spoon or melon baller. Consume the pulp only. Fruit skin and seeds should not be consumed.


Short-Term Storage

Fully ripe pawpaws last only a few days at room temperature. Pawpaws can be kept for a week in the refrigerator. If fruit is refrigerated before it is fully ripe, it can be kept for up to three weeks and can then be allowed to finish ripening at room temperature.

Long-Term Storage

To freeze, cut the fruit in half lengthwise. Then, scoop out seeds and set them aside. Next, remove the pulp and store it in a freezer bag. Be sure to flatten the bag to remove all air bubbles. This can be frozen for up to 12 months. 

This frozen or fresh pulp can also be used in place of bananas, applesauce or pumpkin in almost any recipe. 

Quick Fact

According to Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension, the pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States. 

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

3.5 ounces (100g)



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Food Safety Tips

Always keep fresh produce away from raw meat and raw meat juices to avoid cross-contamination.

Follow the safe food guidelines for all fresh produce.

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