Pawpaw fruits form in groups of 2-9. Depending on how they are cultivated they might change color to indicate when it is ripe. Before deciding if one should begin picking the pawpaws one should also use smell. Pawpaws that are ripe give off a fruit smelling aroma. If the pawpaw does end up changing its color, it will probably turn into a lighter shade of green with maybe some yellowing to it. Another good indicator to use is touch. Once it is ripe it should be soft and the fruit should slide easily off the tree once pulled on.
- Pawpaws are an advantageous tree to have because they take little to maintain and have tasty fruit
- Usually pawpaws are ripe from midsummer until the first frost, but this depends on location
- Color is not always an indicator, but the strong smell of the fruit is
“Leave the fruit on the tree until it softens for maximum flavor.”