Papaya is a tree-like herb that can reach 16 to 33 feet in height.
Papaya is the fruit of the Carica species. It originated in Central America and Southern Mexico but is now grown in many other parts of the world. Papayas are also known as papaws or pawpaws. Papaya is an exotic and rare fruit which is now widely available around the world.
Papaya is not just a flavourful treat for the taste buds, but also packed with healthy nutrients. Papaya when grown to a full size fruit, is usually large, sweet, and orange on the inside. You can eat it fresh, frozen, and baked. As it is full of nutrients, it boasts several health benefits. Papaya can be stored at room temperature until completely ripe and then refrigerated for up to one week. Papaya are grown in warmer climates and most often imported to colder places from tropical, and subtropical locations. It is also used in the manufacturing of several cosmetic, skin, and beauty products as well as certain chewing gums.
Health Benefits of Papaya:
- Papaya is high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote regularity.
- Papaya is also great for hair because it contains Vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production, which keep hair moisturised.
- Papaya helps to boost immune system.
- Papaya helps in regulating the flow of stress hormones through Vitamin C.
- Papaya have antioxidant properties that help to neutralise free radicals in the body.
Fun Facts About Papaya:
- Papaya is native fruit to Mexico. However, it grows naturally in the Caribbean and warmer regions of the world.
- According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), India produces the largest amount of papayas in the world – Over 5 million tons per year (as per 2013 data).
- Papaya is a flowering plant that belongs to the family Caricaceae, which was originated from Mexico and Central America.
- Papaya is a tree-like herb that can reach 16 to 33 feet in height.
- Its leaves are green, large, and divided into seven lobes.
- Papaya is a perennial plant that can survive around up to 20 years in the wild.
Nutrition Facts of Papaya:
- 2.7 g dietary fiber, or 10 percent DV
- 31 milligrams (mg) calcium, or 3.1 percent DV
- 33 mg magnesium, 8 percent DV
- 286 mg potassium, 6.08 percent DV
- 0.13 mg zinc, 0.9 percent DV
- 95.6 mg vitamin C, 106.2 percent DV
- 58 micrograms (mcg) folate, 14.5 percent DV
- 1,492 international units (IU) vitamin A, 30 percent DV
- 0.47 mg vitamin E, 2.4 percent DV
- 4.1 mcg vitamin K, 5.1, percent DV