Photos From Pawpaw Orchard Show & Tell

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Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

These photos are from Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pawpaw Orchard Show & Tell held on September 8, 2014 at Full of Life Farms outside of Pittsboro. Grower Wynn Dinnsen grows over 250 pawpaw trees and evaluates them for flavor and favorable seed-to-pulp ratio. Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are our largest native fruits and are tasty, nutritious, and easy to grow. Wynn sells pawpaw fruit and pulp to several local restaurants and breweries.

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We had about 50 folks turn out for the show and tell to learn about pawpaw production.

We had about 50 folks turn out for the show and tell to learn about pawpaw production.

Folks gathered in the orchard to learn from grower Wynn Dinnsen.

Folks gathered in the orchard to learn from grower Wynn Dinnsen.

Folks gathered in the orchard to learn from grower Wynn Dinnsen.

Folks gathered in the orchard to learn from grower Wynn Dinnsen.

Wynn grows 250+ pawpaw trees in his orchard.

Wynn grows 250+ pawpaw trees in his orchard.

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Visitors enjoyed tasting the pawpaws.

Visitors enjoyed tasting the pawpaws. The flavor can be variable but many describe it as a cross between mango, pineapple, and banana.

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Some of the fruit can weigh over two pounds!

Some of the fruit can weigh over two pounds!

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Densely planted pawpaw orchard.

Pawpaws are relatively easy to grow and generally not susceptible to pests and diseases, making them an attractive option for organic growers.

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Wynn keeps detailed records on each tree and numbers the fruit so he can evaluate flavor and seed-to-pulp ratio.

Wynn keeps detailed records on each tree and numbers the fruit so he can evaluate flavor and seed-to-pulp ratio.

In the wild, pawpaws are an understory tree often found on the rich soils of woodland floodplains.

In the wild, pawpaws are an understory tree often found on the rich soils of woodland floodplains.

Pawpaw fruit has a creamy texture and is bright yellow to orange in color. The fruit is very nutritious and delicious!

Pawpaw fruit has a creamy texture and is bright yellow to orange in color. The fruit is very nutritious and delicious!

The native range of pawpaw extends from Florida up to Michigan and as far west as Nebraska.

The native range of pawpaw extends from Florida up to Michigan and as far west as Nebraska.

Wynn uses a ladder to harvest fruit.

Wynn uses a ladder to harvest fruit.

Wynn places dead fish caught in his pond in the orchard to attract the flies that pollinate the pawpaw flowers. The stench attracts the flies.

Wynn places dead fish caught in his pond in the orchard to attract the flies that pollinate the pawpaw flowers. The stench attracts the flies.

Fruit can be borne singly or in multi-fruit clusters.

Fruit can be borne singly or in multi-fruit clusters.

Wynn's pawpaws are in high demand from area chefs. Local breweries also use them to make pawpaw beer.

Wynn’s pawpaws are in high demand from area chefs. Local breweries also use them to make pawpaw beer.

Harvesting pawpaws.

Harvesting pawpaws.

These pawpaws were sold to Fair Game Beverage Company to be made into brandy!

These pawpaws were sold to Fair Game Beverage Company to be made into brandy!

Wynn shows off part of his harvest.

Wynn shows off part of his harvest.

Wynn sells pawpaw trees through Country Farm & Home Supply in Pittsboro so farmers and gardeners can grow their own!

For more information about pawpaw production: