Pawpaw seeds and skin need to be removed and not eaten because they are toxic to people when chewed.
How to Use Pawpaw The best thing to do if you happen upon ripe pawpaw is to eat it raw: Peel away the dull shell, discard the large brown seeds, and enjoy the custard-like flesh.
Pawpaw works well in desserts, too, especially puddings and ice cream. You can often use pawpaw to replace bananas. Try it in a smoothie, cream pie, or fruity bread. Craft brewers also use pawpaw to create unique fruit beers.
What Does It Taste Like? The taste of pawpaw is often described as a cross between a banana, kiwi, and a mango. It's a tropical fruit with a slightly bitter aftertaste but pleasant zing upon the first bite. The tangy flesh proves soft and pliable, easy to chew and slurp up right from the peel.
We have wild pawpaws in our woods in Missouri. They grow more the size of a bush than a tree in the woods. The taste is similar to a banana. People use them in puddings and breads. It's kind of an acquired taste.