Pawpaw Smoothie

This quick and easy pawpaw smoothie won awards at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival!

Pawpaw Smoothie

What are Pawpaws?

Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are the largest and most tropical fruit native to the Eastern United States. They grow as far South as Florida, as north as Michigan, and range from the Atlantic Ocean to Nebraska. While widely unknown today, Pawpaws have a rich cultural and ecological history in the region and their flavor has been prized for millennia.

What do Pawpaws Taste Like?

The flavor of pawpaws can range widely based on their region and growing conditions, but they’re usually described as a mix between a banana and a mango, with notes of lemon or creme brulée. No matter what, they’re always distinctly tropical and sweet.

Where did this Recipe Come From?

This “Prickly Pawpaw” Smoothie recipe came from The Joy of Pawpaw Cookbook, produced by the North American Pawpaw Grower’s Association and the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. This recipe was originally created by Janette, then tested by Luisa Balieiro Guimaraes. Pre-Order the cookbook today and pick it up at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival!

Where can I buy Pawpaws?

Right here! Rewild your appetite with Foraged Market, the only marketplace to buy and sell wild and specialty foods. 
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Pawpaw Smoothie Step
add ingredients to blender
Pawpaw Smoothie Step
blend until smooth

"Prickly Pawpaw" Smoothie

This quick and easy pawpaw smoothie won awards at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pawpaw, smoothie
Yield: 1 serving
Author: The Joy of Pawpaw Cookbook
Cost: 5


  • 1 Blender


  • 1/3 cup pawpaw puree
  • 3 canned pear slices
  • 1/3 cup canned pear juice
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • sugar, to taste


  • 1. Combine pawpaw puree, pear slices and juice,lemon juice, and cayenne in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • 2. Add sugar to taste, serve and enjoy!


*Luisa’s Nutrition Tip: Use 100% canned “no sugar added” fruit cocktail to avoid added sugar
*This recipe is scaled for a modest smoothie - double or triple it to share!
*One of the best things about this smoothie is that you can make it any time of the year using frozen pawpaw puree. 

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