Pawpaws in the News

Some pawpaw fruit at Cove Spring Park

Not always accurate, but entertaining, check out these stories about pawpaw:


Meet the pawpaw, America’s forgotten fruit (12/04/15)

It’s pawpaw pickin’ time! (10/29/15)

How did Americans forget about the pawpaw (09/14/15)

Pawpaw trees promise sweets to savor (09/06/15)

Pawpaw Americas forgotten fruit (09/08/15)

Pawpaw celebration returns to Lake Snowden this weekend (09/06/15)

Little-known tropical fruit pawpaw has sweet taste, interesting history (09/01/15)

Local author Andy Moore writes the first book about the fruit called the pawpaw (08/12/15)

Gardeners can grow their own pawpaw patch (04/08/15)

Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Picking up Pawpaws: An Evaluation of Consumer Willingness to Sample Unusual Regional Products! (05/22/14)

Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association Event Schedule!

Papaw, Ohio Climate a ‘Perfect’ Pair (04/06/14)

McKenzie: Don’t pooh-pooh the pawpaw (09/13/13)

Ohio festival offers tastes of pawpaws (09/12/13)

Ohio Pawpaw Fest Celebrates 15 Years With New Attractions (09/11/13)

From the ground up: It’s harvest time for pawpaw (09/11/13)

Meadowside Nature Center parties with pawpaws (09/10/13)

Extension: On its own, pawpaw will not produce fruit (08/15/13)

Culinary Specialty Produce Now Shipping Paw Paws (09/10/13)

Pawpaw-palooza in Kentucky Monthly (07/18/13)

Pawpaw Trees-Suitable for the City or the Country (06/07/13)

C&O Canal park crews clearing path near Paw Paw Tunnel following January rockslide (4/02/13)

The possibility of the pawpaw: Researcher sees many positives in his “orphan crop” (10/30/12).

Dr. Kirk Pomper and Ms. Sheri Crabtree were interviewed along with local pawpaw growers. The episode can be viewed on the KET Television Kentucky Life website by following this link to: Program 1805 (10/13/12)

Pawpaws (13 photos) from Kentucky Life KET Television (10/13/12).

Picking Up Pawpaws ( 09/27/12)

Not a Banner Year for Pawpaws (The Athens News; 09/12/12)

Kentucky Food From New To Timeless: Microgreens and Pawpaws (Savoring Kentucky; 08/31/12)

Paw Paws Enjoy Renewed Popularity (Evansville Courier & Press; 08/28/12)

Lexington Chef’s use of pawpaws part a look at regions’ fare (Lexington Herald Leader; 06/21/12)

Pawpaw, a bit of the tropics here (; 08/05/11)

All About Pawpaws and Pawpaw Fruit (Grit, 08/10/11)

North Carolina Pawpaw Festival is August 27, 2011!

Ohio Pawpaw Festival is Sept. 16-18, 2011!

KSU Donates Pawpaws  (KentuckyAgConnection: 07/13/11)

People of America, here’s your culinary history on a plate (CNN, eatocracy; 07/07/11)

Fruits of Labor: Jose Andres is Bring Back PawsPaws (Washington City Pawpaw; 07/70/11)

Unique, unusual trees for our zone (Press-Citizen; 04/20/11)

Reaching for the Right Pawpaw(State-Journal; 7/20/10)

Pawpaw fruit trees thrive in Richmond (; 11/22/10)

Photos from the Ohio Pawpaw Festival on September 17-19th in Albany, Ohio (K. Pomper; 9/20/10)

Brothers Cavan and Tom Patterson Getting Wild with Local Food (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; 9/23/10)

Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to have…….paw paw! (Lawrence Journal-World and 6News; 9/23/10)

Indianer-Banane: Zierstrauch mit leckeren Früchten or Indian Banana: ornamental shrub with tasty fruit (Geomix; 9/6/10)

Setting those bars way high (with pawpaw) (The Philadelphia Inquirer; 9/19/10)

Not so pretty, but pawpaws are a beautiful fall fruit (The; 9/15/10)

San Francisco climate not the best for pawpaw (San Francisco Chronicle; 8/15/10-note that it should be KSU not UK in article)

Native paradise: Some unusual plants thrive in Kansas soil(; 6/27/10)

May look exotic but pawpaw is native (The Windsor Star, 5/29/10)

Slow food movement-pawpaw (Green Matters, 5/21/10)

Four native fruit trees that could add beauty and tastiness to the garden (Winnepeg Free Press, 5/5/10)

The native pawpaw tree: The Division of Forestry and Kentucky State University have teamed up to offer high-quality pawpaw seedlings. (Land, Air, & Water, 3/31/10)

Forest Production of Pawpaws (Kentucky Woodlands Magazine, 3/31/10)

Everyone’s got pawpaw fever (Maclean’s, 11/02/09)

A Taste of the Tropics (Wichita Eagle, 10/18/09)

Search the Pawpaw Patch for Sweet Goodness (09/29/09)

Pawpaw on the Menu as Taiwanese visit Purdue (09/26/09)

KSU Releases New Pawpaw Variety! (09/18/09)

Westminster Orchard Specializes in Pawpaws (09/18/09)

Pawpaw: Sweet, soft and largely ignored (Virginian-Pilot, 09/09/09)

Praising Pawpaws: Fruit prized by early Indians and Colonial Americans is poised to make a comeback (Winston-Salem Journal, 08/31/09)

Growing with Phipps: Let’s hear applause for pawpaw (Pittsburg Post-Gazette, 08/29/09)

Pawpaws Gain Standing as Kentucky Crop (6/28/09)

Pomper and Crabtree win Shepard Award for Pawpaw Research (6/18/09)

KSU student wins award for pawpaw presentation (4/08/09)

For Fruit Trees (pawpaw), Good Training is Essential (3/28/09)

Pawpaw Growing Discussed in The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/30/09)

Pawpaw Production in Germany (click here for  English translation; 1/27/09)

KSU Pawpaw Cultivar List with Fruit Photos Updated (1/26/09)

Pawpaw Endorsed as Native State Fruit (article in The Rural Rambler on 1/14/09)

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

America’s Forgotten Fruit (Pawpaw) in the Christian Science Monitor (1/29/2009)

Pawpaw Growing Discussed in The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/30/09)

Pawpaw Production in Germany

Picking up on pawpaws Kansas City Star, MO – Sep 23, 2008 By Gail Borelli. Pastry chef Chris Tosh describes pawpaws as a sort of “prairie banana.” Tosh uses pulp to create pawpaw ice cream and cheesecake in season …

Columbia Missourian Pawpaws: A fruit with a future Columbia Missourian, MO – Oct 6, 2008. Pawpaws, native to Missouri, are tropical fruit that resemble a pear on the outside but have a custard-like juicy consistency on the inside. …

Saving Pawpaw Seed for Planting: For more information follow this link!

Pawpaws in Louisiana! Praising Pawpaws: LSU Horticulturist Promoting Unique Fruit for Backyard Gardeners

Fans of pawpaws hoping for comeback,  By Judith Weinraub Washington Post, on October 25, 2006 in the Cincinnati Post.

Festival celebrates love for Appalachia, pawpaw products, By Kellie Dawkins on September 18, 2006 in the Athens News.

Pawpaw? by Casey Westlake  The Post Online, Athens, Ohio on September 18, 2006.

There’s one flaw in the pawpaw By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY. November 28, 2005. Click on the link to the full story:

BBC Radio 4 – Factual – Food Program – 09 January 2005.
Reporter Jean Snedegar travels to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to interview geneticist Neal Peterson about the revival of pawpaw farming in America. She then visits a Pawpaw Workshop at Kentucky State University and speaks to Principal Investigator of Horticulture Kirk Pomper, and President of the Ohio Pawpaw Grower’s Association Chris Chmiel. At the annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Jean interviews Doug Archbold, Professor of Horticulture at the Kentucky State University and meets various pawpaw enthusiasts.

Oxford American Magazine “Southern Food Issue. The interview was written by Ben Phelan on a Kentucky research lab devoted to pawpaws. See current issue contents at

Peculiar papaw- Native tree produces sweet and luscious tropical fruit similar to the banana- Daily Record/Sunday News, Sept. 22, 2004

It’s time to pick up pawpaws and persimmons-The Courier Journal, Sept. 17, 2004

Priceville man keeps his paws in the pawpaws- The Decatur Daily News. Sept. 2, 2004

Pawpaw: The Midwest banana?  Aug 19, 2004
Pawpaw: The Midwest banana … The heart of the pawpaw’s territory is the Ohio Valley … – Although the pawpaw is native to the eastern and central United States, it is a surprisingly well-kept secret. (Salem Farm and Dairy, OH)

A passion for pawpaws- Post-Gazette Food Editor, September 18, 2003 

Splendid Table Home Eating Appalachian
We’re eating Appalachian this week with food writers Ted and Matt Lee, two brothers who rented a pickup truck and headed for the back roads of Eastern Kentucky in search of the elusive pawpaw fruit. Along the way, they discovered that good food is more about human ingenuity than rich resources. Read more about their adventure in the article “On the Appalachian Trail” in the March 2002 issue of Food & Wine magazine.