Our native pawpaw seedlings that we grow are the closest to a tropical fruit we can grow in Southern Ontario. About the shape of a mango, with a similar skin, though the inner fruit is textured more like a banana. The taste is variously described as custard-like, banana-like, and mango-like with a slight sweetness and delightful fragrance of the tropics. Pawpaw grows to various sizes, as tall as 25-30′, they can be pruned to be shorter to suit your needs and garden space. These seedlings are more than double the size of the hybrid pawpaw trees we carry and they taste just as delicious.
Herbal qualities: The fruit is used as a laxative. The leaves are diuretic. They are applied externally to boils, ulcers and abscesses. The seed contains the alkaline asiminine, which is emetic and narcotic. They have been powdered and applied to hair to kill lice. The bark is a bitter tonic. It contains the alkaline analobine, which is used medicinally.