Has anyone tasted the white fleshed ‘Al Horn’ variety of pawpaw and be able to remark on its flavor and/or texture?
No, I hope I have 2 or 3 two year old seedlings … if they made it through a second winter.
So, someday I’ll hope to try.
Just wanted to give this one a bump—because I’m wondering the same thing! Thinking about putting one out next season.
Jeremiah, I’ve eaten enough pawpaws this summer to know that there is great variation in the flavor and the color. For the most part, light color equals mild taste. But, there are exceptions.
I sampled one wild collected near Cumberland Gap that is deep orange inside, but fairly mild flavor with no bitterness. Taste more like butternut squash. Big seeds, and only about 8 per pawpaw. Size ‘average’ or better than average for one collected.
Hopefully the Al Horns and the Jerry Lehman’s will have enthused a new generation–as pawpaws should be more widely grown by homeowners. They even look good in the landscape, rather like the popular deciduous magnolias.
Blueberry, I agree completely! They’re a great fruit and a handsome tree. Have been eating my first batch of Sunflowers this month----and can’t get enough! A lot better than the wild ones I’d tried before. That Cumberland Gap Butternut sounds like a keeper!
I just got around to planting those seeds yesterday…been in the crisper.
I just put Al Horn’s White on at least 3 trees, so I hope to weigh in on this in a couple of years. Breeding to get an earlier ripening white flesh variety is on my to do list.
@Persimmon1 Blake Cothron’s new book on pawpaws calls Al Horn taste sweet with coconut. Says the variety is "hard to establish.’ Grades it an “A” overall.
I just planted mine that I purchased from Blake a few weeks ago. It’s been taking off like a rocket ship, growing about 8 inches in the first 3 weeks since planting. I’ve never seen a pawpaw grow anywhere near this fast, which is crazy considering it’s supposed to be difficult to establish. Hopefully it will keep thriving.
I have a couple in containers that I should have planted already…so no fruits yet.
But I like mild flavor, so hope that’s how they are.
Keep doing what you are doing Alex! Usually they like a moist but not saturated soil, full of organics and high nitrogen fertilizer (after the second season, usually no fertilizer is suggested for the first year).
And welcome to the forum! There are a ton of pawpaw people here.
We’ve has a very wet spring and early summer, and my paw paws have loved it. I’ve irrigated in the past but they really seem to prefer the rain every few days.