Spring Blooms in the Pawpaw Orchard
Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are native to 26 states in the eastern U.S. and are found along riverbanks and woodland floodplains in the wild. Our largest native fruit has a creamy texture and tropical flavor and has been enjoyed in jams, ice cream, beer, and many other dishes!
Grower Wynn Dinnsen grows over 250 pawpaw trees and evaluates them for flavor and favorable seed-to-pulp ratio at Full of Life Farms outside of Pittsboro. Wynn sells pawpaw fruit and pulp to several local restaurants and breweries.
The pawpaw tree blooms in early spring before the trees have leafed out. Flies are the primary pollinators of pawpaw blooms so many growers will place dead fish or even roadkill in the orchards during bloom to lure flies attracted to the stench.
The photos below were taken the week April 6-8, right after a hard freeze on the morning of April 6.
Want to grow your own pawpaw fruit? Country Farm & Home in Pittsboro will be selling Wynn Dinnsen’s pawpaw trees in late summer-fall in time for fall planting.
For more information about pawpaw production:
- North Carolina Pawpaw Festival
- Organic Production of Pawpaw – Kentucky State University
- Forest Production of Pawpaw – Kentucky State University
- Pawpaw Planting Guide – Kentucky State University
- Pawpaw Growing Information – Kentucky State University
- Specialty Crop Profile: Pawpaw – Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Pawpaw: a Tropical Fruit for Temperate Climates – ATTRA