What is Asimina triloba?
Asimina triloba or the paw paw is a large shrub or small tree indigenous to North America. Paw paw is native to the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern United states, growing from Southern Michigan all the way to North Florida.
Asimina triloba produces edible fruit which in taste resembles mango, melon, pineapple and banana. Exact taste and size of the fruit varies depending on the variety of the plant. The fruit of Asimina triloba is rich in vitamins and minerals and contains more protein than most fruits.
The fruit of Asimina triloba is oval in shape. The color is green and develops brown patches when ripe. When ripe sweet fragrance is emanated from the fruit.
The tasty fruit of asimina
Flesh of the fruit of Asimina triloba is soft and custard, best eaten with a spoon. It contains 7 to 12 medium sized seeds that are easily separated from the flesh. You can read more about planting your own Asimina triloba tree from the seed in our planting section. Color of the flesh is white to yellow depending on variety. People describe the taste of the fruit as a mix of mango, melon, pineapple and banana. It can be very sweet and delicious.