The HPIA has the non-exclusive patent rights to propagate “Rainbow” papaya seed. The seed contains the gene to protect the papaya plant from “PRV” (Papaya Ringspot Virus). It is an F1 cross between Kapoho Solo and the Sun-Up varieties. It produces an orange fleshed fruit typically just over one pound in weight that produces excellent fruit in the district of Puna on Hawaii Island. The patent prohibits distribution of seed outside the State of Hawaii. To order seed from the HPIA please contact Eric Weinert at the HPIA (808-896-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org). You can arrange payment and a time to pick up your seed with Eric.
HPIA currently has a good supply of Rainbow seed in stock. You may order up to 5 ounces of seed per acre. Payment shall be made upon delivery of seed. Cost per ounce of Rainbow seed is: $45 for Members of HPIA in good standing $90 for non-members.
The inventory of seed was produced in the summer of 2019. Recent germination tests ( Fall 2021) have shown excellent germination. If you are interested in producing your seed please contact us so that it is done correctly, using the correct cultivars so that the integrity of the “Rainbow” variety remains and the virus protection continues to be excellent.