Simple Pawpaw Ice Cream Recipe

This three-step pawpaw ice cream recipe is sure to turn pawpaw season into your favorite time of year!

Fall 2016

  • A fresh batch of pawpaw ice cream is sure to draw curiosity and compliments.
    Photo by Creative Commons/Michigan Useful Plants

Yield: about 1.5 quarts

Pawpaw ice cream is one of the easiest ways to introduce pawpaws (Asimina triloba) into your kitchen. This recipe calls for an ice cream machine, but if you don’t have access to one, simply pour the mixture into a cold pan and freeze, stirring vigorously every 20 to 30 minutes. If you’re thinking about exciting ice cream flavor combinations, vanilla, walnuts, and many other ingredients work well with pawpaw. However, if this is your first batch, try it plain to let the pawpaw stand on its own.


• 2 cups pawpaw pulp
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 cups cream
• 2 cups milk


1. Combine the pawpaw and sugar.

2. Stir in the cream and milk.

3. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.


Learn more about growing and foraging for pawpaws in Foraging and Growing Pawpaws: North America’s Native ‘Banana’

Andrew Moore is the author of Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he gardens and cooks, as often as possible, with pawpaw.