Pawpaw trees in a line with white latex paint on the trucks

Using white latex paint to prevent pawpaw southwest injury.

KSU Pawpaw Program

The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) fruit has both fresh market and processing appeal, with a tropical like flavor that resembles a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple. Kentucky State University has the only full-time pawpaw research program in the world as part of the KSU Land Grant Program. Pawpaw research efforts are directed at improving propagation methods, developing orchard management recommendations, conducting regional variety trials, understanding fruit ripening and storage techniques, and germplasm collection and characterization of genetic diversity.

USDA National Clonal Repository for Pawpaw

Since 1994, KSU has served as the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository or gene bank, for Asimina species (pawpaw), as a satellite site of the NCGR repository at Corvallis, OR. There are over 2,000 accessions (trees) from 17 states that are planted on 12 acres at the KSU farm.

FRANKFORT, Ky., -- KYSU's third pawpaw cultivar the KSU Chappell a creamy version of the US native fruit, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at the Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm in FRANKFORT.
KYSU researchers recently released their 3rd
pawpaw cultivar, KSU-Chappell™.

Questions about pawpaws? Contact Sheri Crabtree at or telephone # 502-597-6375. Pawpaw Program questions? Contact Dr. Kirk Pomper at:

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