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Indian banana care - Indians call them pawpaw


If you want to enjoy an exotic fruit tree, you should buy an Indian banana. Find out here what care you have to give the Indian banana.

Flower bud of the Pawpaw (Indian banana)

The Indian banana (Three-lobed Papau; Asimina triloba) actually comes from North America and is called Pawpaw by the Indians there. And this tree would be a nice piece of jewelry in the home garden. Above all, it would be a real rarity.

In addition, it produces very tasty, sweet and vitamin-rich fruits. According to the descriptions of the Pötschke nursery, its fruit tastes of banana, pineapple, mango and vanilla! If that's not a tasty mix.

The tree grows relatively slowly, not more than 30 centimeters a year and reaches its final height of only 3 to 4 meters. Please keep in mind that you cannot count on fruits in the first few years. But that's the case with many other fruit trees.

Indian banana: beautiful to look at and full of exotic at the same time

The Indian banana copes very well with the local temperatures. The tree is hardy and does not mind sub-zero temperatures down to -20 degrees.

Fruits are ripe in August
Once the tree has reached a certain size, it forms the first flowers in spring. The fruits are then ripe from August. Not all ripen at the same time, so you can harvest well into October.

Here is a picture of fruits from the Indian tree of our reader Ms. Bettina Stein:

The Indian tree is frost-resistant up to a temperature of -20 degrees and needs a sunny and warm location. The fruits are up to 20 centimeters long and have a yellowish, soft pulp that tastes very delicious. You can easily spoon out the pulp from the fruit.