Newest Peterson Pawpaw release boasts large fruits with exquisite flavor and texture! The first Neal Peterson release in many years, just released in Autumn of 2018! Fruits are large, averaging 9 ounces, with low seed weight (5%). Very sweet, mellow flavor is not overpowering and texture is smooth and rich. A very high quality new release from Mr. Peterson! KSU likes this variety and the great flavor and fruit quality will be sure to please!
Neal Peterson cultivar described by him as follows:
“Tallahatchie is distinctive because of its exquisite flavor. Pleasant aroma and sweet mellow flavor with floral notes and a very smooth texture. It has very low seed weight. Tallahatchie tends to bear large clusters though it may require thinning to achieve best size. Yields are medium-high. Ripens mid-season to late. In Maryland it ripens mid-to late September. Fruit averages 9 oz. with very few seeds (seed to fruit ratio is 5%). Said to have exquisite flavor. Ms. Jones of KSU insisted it must always be included in making pawpaw icecream”. Fruits look nice and plump and attractive. If it’s anything like Mr. Peterson’s other selections it is very high quality.
Pollination: An Ultra-Select seedling pawpaw or any other grafted cultivar or seedling pawpaw tree will pollinate it. For good pollination, plant trees 8-15 ft away from each other only. Pawpaws are not male and female, but rather have “male and female” flower parts on each flower. Every tree is capable of bearing fruit if pollinated well with pollen from another genetically different pawpaw tree. Hand pollination results in heaviest fruit set.
Resistant to: Pawpaws are generally remarkably disease and insect resistant. See our pawpaw growing article for full information.
Ripening: Mid Season (early-mid September in KY)
Site requirements: Full sun location for best fruit production. Pawpaws will grow in shade but produce much less fruit. Pawpaws tolerate a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained and there is heavy mulch and plenty of fertilizer and water. Protected locations, such as on the South, East or West side of a building is ideal on very windy sites and is recommended.
Size at maturity: 15-20′ tall and wide, depending on location, care and pruning to reduce height. We recommend heading them at about 10″ and removing suckers, both of which keep the trees very manageable and small.
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (Estimate)
Plant size: Grafted, with an excellent root system. CHOOSE SIZE
Shipped March-June only.