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Come to the WV Pawpaw Festival at WVU Core Arboretum on Saturday, September 24, from 12:00-5:00 pm. to taste, buy, and learn about pawpaws. This annual event celebrating an Appalachian autumn fruit is family-friendly, free, and open to the public, no registration needed. The festival will be in the Lawn Area at the Arboretum, and free parking is available in the adjacent WVU Coliseum parking lot. We will have Peterson Pawpaws select varieties of pawpaw fruit available to sample and purchase, samples of pawpaw dishes prepared by a chef, a talk by a Native American scholar, the North American Pawpaw Growers Association booth, live music, food trucks, and fun activities and lawn games. Don't miss this special event and bring your friends!


The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is the largest fruit native to West Virginia. Pawpaws have a delicious tropical flavor that some describe as a combination of banana, mango, and pineapple and a smooth, creamy texture. Pawpaws ripen in autumn, and we host several pawpaw events at the Arboretum each year to coincide with pawpaw season. Even though pawpaws are fairly common, many people have never tasted a pawpaw, and we hope to change that!

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  • Sophia Veazey

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