Mountain Paw Paw
FRUIT-MPAW-1-5Regular price $25.00
Your edible tropical garden won't be complete without a Mountain Paw Paw! This fruit tree likes to hang out under the dappled shade of tall palms and canopy trees. Easy-to-grow in frost-free parts of the North Island, it will give you a plentiful harvest of fruit over a long period of time.
Urban Bounty Mountain Pawpaw come in 3 litre pot. We recommend that you plant 2 - 3 saplings to have a good chance of fruit production.
What is Mountain Pawpaw (Vasconcellea pubescens, Chilean Pawpaw)?
Native to the Southern American highlands, Mountain Paw Paw is a quick growing fruit tree that produces exotic yellow fruit. It isn't as sweet as the true tropical variety, but is still a great addition to your morning muesli. (Fun fact: The yellow-fleshed fruit is usually called Pawpaw, while its red-fleshed cousin is often called Papaya.)
The dramatic leaves and exotic fruit make Mountain Pawpaw perfect for a tropical-style garden. Although it will grow about 3 metres tall, the trunk grows straight and true, so it is also a great space-saver in a small garden. You won't be disappointed with the plentiful harvest either. Better yet, the fruit generally ripen one at a time so you will be rewarded with a steady supply of fruit.
Culinary Uses for Mountain Pawpaw (Mountain Papaya, Chilean Pawpaw)
When ripe, Mountain Pawpaw are yellow with a fleshy centre, and have a mild, tangy/tart flavour that pairs particularly well with other tropical fruit. Scoop out the flesh and eat it raw with a sprinkle of sugar over your morning cereal. It is also delicious juiced with Passionfruit, Apple and a touch of lemon juice and sugar. Adventurous cooks might like to try it in 'dulce de papayuela' (a South American dessert). Unripe Mountain Pawpaw can also be cooked as a vegetable in soups and stews.
Growing Conditions for Mountain Pawpaw (Mountain Papaya, Chilean Pawpaw)
You may think that this tropical tree needs a hot climate, but it is actually more cold tolerant than other varieties. Mountain Pawpaw can be grown in many of the frost-free parts of the upper North Island, thriving in temperatures between 17°c and 22°c.
Mountain Pawpaw prefer a sheltered spot with dappled sun/part shade. They do best in well-drained soils but adapt to many soil types. This tree won't withstand frost or wind, but will handle mild drought once established. Harvest when fruit turns yellow and slightly softened, late winter to early summer.
Male and female flowers are both needed for fruit production, but are normally borne on different trees. It isn't possible to tell whether the plant is male or female when it is young, which is why we recommend that you plant more than one sapling. Unless you are in a very sheltered and warm climate we suggest planting Mountain Pawpaw from Spring through to early Autumn.