Pawpaw trees (Asimina triloba) are native to North America, growing wild in much of the eastern and Midwest portions of the United States. The foliage is the sole food source for the Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar, and the butterflies are attracted to pawpaw trees as a result. Deer, on the other hand, are not interested in eating the leaves of pawpaw trees. The trees produce tropical-like fruit with vanilla or banana/mango flavors. When ripe, the fruit’s soft flesh is very creamy. The large seeds are easy to remove, making the pawpaw an excellent pick for fresh eating. Unique and delicious, the pawpaw is surprisingly uncommon despite its native status. A ripe pawpaw has a short shelf life, making it difficult to sell at farmer’s markets or grocery stores; and the trees are tricky to transplant because of their delicate feeder roots. When choosing pawpaw trees, look for varieties that are grown in containers (like Stark® EZ Start® pots)—this will ensure a larger root mass for successful planting.