Asimina is a genus of small trees or shrubs described as a genus in Asimina has large The petal color varies from white to purple or red-brown. The fruit of the common pawpaw is a large edible berry, 5–16 cm (– in) long and 3–7. Asimina triloba, the papaw, pawpaw, paw paw, paw-paw, or common pawpaw, is a small Pawpaw fruits are the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States (not counting gourds, which are typically considered .. "Algonkian Words in American English: A Study in the Contact of the White Man and the Indian". And even though they had to clear pawpaw trees to create farmable land, white settlers savored pawpaw fruit—often the only fresh fruit. And even though they had to clear pawpaw trees to create farmable land, white settlers savored pawpaw fruit—often the only fresh fruit. The custardy flesh ranges in color from white to pale orange. Don't blink — it's pawpaw season. The only tropical fruit native to Michigan. For those not yet familiar with the “poor man's banana” as it is also known, the pawpaw is an oblong-shaped fruit, light green in color, averaging.