Project ID

E2004-23

Abstract

Field trials were conducted to determine if the pawpaw could serve as a successful alternative crop for farmers in the central United States.

Key Question

What are the prospects for raising pawpaws in Iowa?

Findings

The pawpaw can be grown in the upper Midwest to fruiting stage. Yields at full maturity are still being determined, but estimates are 30 pounds per plant under optimum conditions. Fruit can be sold fresh at farmers' markets for approximately $2.00/pound. Large-scale growth of pawpaws may have to wait until more progress is made on post-harvest handling and processing.

Principal Investigator(s)

Patrick O'Malley

Year of Grant Completion

2008

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