There is no standardized spelling for pawpaw, which just goes to show how little known is the fruit. “Paw paw” as two separate words is common, including in dictionaries. However, I prefer “pawpaw.” I reason that it is a single word, not two. And if it were two words then ‘paw’ should be an adjective modifying a noun ‘paw’; which makes no sense. After all, we do not spell straw berry or pine apple or water melon.
- Discussion Re: Bleach Taste in Fruit, Causes, Remedies
- Wall Street Journal 1993: Neal Peterson’s Goal is to Domesticate the Wild Pawpaw
- Garden and Gun Magazine: The Mad Scientist of Pawpaws
- For the Love of Pawpaws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for PawPaws – From Seed to Table
- Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore