Vernacular Name: Pawpaw, Tree melon
Botanical Name: Carica papaya
Specimens From: Malaysia
Specimens Weight: 1800 gm [3 lb 15.5 oz]
Papaya, native to Central America and Mexico but it is now a very common fruit grown in most of the tropical and subtropical countries. Some countries called it 'pawpaw' but do not be confused with another unrelated species of fruit that goes by this actual name too.
Papaya can also be eaten when it is still in its unripe green stage but it is bland and usually used in Indian cooking or Thai salad. Papaya is rich in papain, an enzyme which is great for colon cleansing and digestive problems. Green unripe papaya contains far more papain than when it is ripe.
Time for a papaya juice or you may add milk for a papaya milkshake! No sugar needed as it is already sweet on its own.
In some places, it is processed into dried papaya and eaten as a snack.
Fruit: Papaya; Carica papaya; Caricaceae.
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