What makes Tallahatchie Pawpaw distinctive is its exquisite flavor. Ms. Jones of KSU insisted that you must include this variety when making pawpaw ice cream. It has very few seeds with a seed to fruit ratio less than Shenandoah. Tallahatchie tends to bear large clusters which are impressive to see. However, it may require some thinning.
The Tallahatchie Pawpaw has pleasant aromas and a sweet mellow flavor with floral notes. It is also known for having a very smooth texture. Fruit ripens mid to late season. In Maryland that is is mid to late September. Fruit averages about 240 grams (9 oz) with a fruit to seed ratio of about 5% which is great for pawpaws.
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Latin Name: Asimina triloba
Site and Soil: Pawpaw likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant two varieties or a combination of seedlings and varieties for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: Tallahatchie Pawpaw is hardy to minus 20º F. or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: September-October
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Pawpaw is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14, 18-21
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41