Pawpaw Production and Marketing Workshop
Pawpaw is a fruit that looks similar to a mango, but with black easy-to-remove seeds amid a pale yellow, sweet, custardy, spoonable flesh that tastes like a combination of mango and banana. The fruit is usually eaten raw, but is also commonly used in baked desserts, smoothies and ice cream. Pawpaw fruit is grown on small deciduous trees native to eastern North America and is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the U.S. Though the fruit was once popular among early Americans like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, it became obscured over time, and is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity as the locavore food movement grows.
Native to the Eastern United States, pawpaw is becoming a popular fruit with market potential among farmers. In this workshop, you will learn how to grow and market pawpaw fruit. Samples of different cultivars will be provided.
Mr. Neal Peterson, the nationally known pawpaw plant breeder, will be the keynote speaker, presenting on basic pawpaw production. He will be joined by additional speakers who will share their experiences growing this tasty fruit.