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Growing Paw-Paws Up North - Canada?

 
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Welcome! Sounds as if there's lots of interest here already.

Does anyone know if any are being grown in Canada? I'm on south Vancouver Island, which along with the Niagara Peninsula are the warmest spots in Canada, but warm is a relative term! I struggle with tomatoes because although technically our season is long enough, we don't get the hot days that some fruit likes to get sweet and ripen.

I tasted some fruit that I was told were "pawpaw cousins" when visiting Hawai'i. Locally referred to as "Egg Fruit" and "Chocolate Pudding Fruit". Definitely different than the fruits/berries I am used to, but definitely edible!

 
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Jay Angler wrote:Welcome! Sounds as if there's lots of interest here already.

Does anyone know if any are being grown in Canada? I'm on south Vancouver Island, which along with the Niagara Peninsula are the warmest spots in Canada, but warm is a relative term! I struggle with tomatoes because although technically our season is long enough, we don't get the hot days that some fruit likes to get sweet and ripen.

I tasted some fruit that I was told were "pawpaw cousins" when visiting Hawai'i. Locally referred to as "Egg Fruit" and "Chocolate Pudding Fruit". Definitely different than the fruits/berries I am used to, but definitely edible!

the University of British Columbia has a breeding program. I can't remember where I learned that, but I know it's been going on for a little while.

I kept seeing threads about paw paws, so I came looking to see if there was a book out. I think I counted 14 threads , so Mr. Judd is going to be busy. Thank you, sir.
 
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Thanks for the lead, Dale!
I found this forum: https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/threads/paw-paw-tree-anyone.62186/
Alas, as I suspected, "it is difficult to get the fruit to ripen in the cool summers of the west coast. They need heat that we only get in bright sunny and sheltered locations, away from sea breezes." This was written by the second contributor. As my property tends to be on the cool side, until I have a way of making a suntrap, I will have to plant alternatives.
 
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I think there were a few references to Canadian-grown paw paws in this thread:  https://permies.com/t/57638/Moving-pawpaws-north

 
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