Summer Delight Pawpaw Description
Summer Delight is an extra-early season pawpaw that drops sweet, medium-sized ripe fruits early as Aug! Medium–large size fruit of 7-12 ounces. Summer Delight absolutely tastes delicious, has a yellow-tinted skin that is thick, and ships and stores well. The remarkable thing about this pawpaw is that it ripens in as early as August. It is usually is the first to ripen. Delight has a smooth textured flesh, few seeds, and a mild after taste. Great for growing in England's Orchards.
We found Summer Delight to have a very sweet, refreshing, pleasing tropical flavour and smooth texture with bright yellow, creamy flesh of good texture. This very early-ripening cultivar could stretch the pawpaw season considerably and create early marketing advantages. The very early ripening factor may make this a very desirable cultivar to trial in the shorter-season, northern range of pawpaw, such as England. Very cool! We find Summer Delight to be a superior pawpaw worth growing, very high quality.
Not as sweet as most pawpaws but strong mellow tropical flavour with a mix of banana, mango and possible peach and vanilla. A fantastic choice.
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: Very early-Season
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.
Pawpaws (Asimina Triloba) are related to custard apples and cherimoya, in the sugar apple family, and yet they grow in the temperate zone, having moved north as Ice Age glaciers receded. Flavours of mango, melon, banana, raspberry and pineapple come from this creamy fruit. Like many fruits, if you don’t know what you’re doing and you let them get bruised, or you pick them under-ripe they won't taste very good!