When to pick Paw Paws

Asked September 3, 2019, 12:16 PM EDT

A friend and I found a bunch of Paw Paw trees last night. We were wondering when they become ripe here in MD?

Baltimore County Maryland fruit plant care

4 Responses

Hi- paw paw turns a lighter color green to yellow when ripening (brown spots or streaks may appear) and will be slightly soft when ready to harvest. Ripe fruit usually have a strong aroma.
Some resources:
https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/pubs/HO/HO-220.pdf
http://www.uky.edu/ccd/sites/www.uky.edu.ccd/files/pawpaw.pdf
Jon

Thank you for that info. I have seem much o that information online. I was curious when they ripen in this general area. I was trying to not have to go everyday to check on them to not waste gas.

Dave

Unfortunately ripening time for a given fruit on a given tree can vary quite a bit depending on the site, level of sunlight, etc. In Baltimore Co. that time period would probably be late September through late October.
Jon

Excellent. Thank you.