As a native to Central America, the papaya is a tropical fruit with a soft consistency and sweet taste. The papaya became a favorite of Spanish and Portuguese explorers, who spread the fruit to subtropical lands including India, the Philippines and regions of Africa. In the twentieth century, papaya was brought to the United States and has been cultivated in Hawaii since the 1920s.
- Papayas are a great source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamins, and flavonoids.
- They are also a source of folic acid, vitamins E and A, potassium, and dietary fiber.
- A 3½-ounce serving contains about 39 calories.
- Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that helps the body digest proteins, and can help treat conditions such as indigestion, chronic diarrhea, hay fever, and allergies.
- Papayas can also help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other diseases associated with free-radical damage.
To enhance the flavor of the papaya, sprinkle it with fresh limejuice and enjoy it as is. Add papaya to fruit salad, or even carve a divot in a papaya and fill it with fruit salad. A delicious dish is to combine diced papaya, sliced cooked chicken breast, onions and cashews with soy mayonnaise for a tropical chicken salad. Papaya is also a great addition to any salsa, adding a depth of flavor to the spicy condiment.
Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world’s top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.
Papapaya is a popular home grown fruit in SRI LANKA. most homes in their/ our garden. as said above, it is a medicinal fruit. May be introduced during Portugese landed and ruled our coastal belt by the year 1505 for 100 yrs. When our own Sinhalese Buddhist Kings ruled major part of the Country Ceylon- Sri Lanka.. We call it 'Gas labu' or 'Papol'. grown in commercial basis also. we add it to fruit salads, eat ripe sprinkle of lime juice,or add raw pieces to beef curries to get flesh soft, also milk for soap making emanates from raw fruits. in Aryuveda prescribes for many ailmentsin Sri Lanka
Papaya contain richest sourse of pactin which is used to healing the wound and prevent bleeding from And other it contain digestive enzyme which help the weight reduction of body