Papaya

Consorzio Ortofrutticolo Padano explains that this fruit is tropical, it is delicious providing vitamin C that helps us increase our natural defenses. It is a fruit of tropical origin such as soursop, guava or passion fruit, Consorzio Ortofrutticolo Padano exposes us. It comes from a fruit bush called Carica papaya, commonly called papaya or papaya. It can reach 10 meters high. This fruit has other names depending on the region in which it is produced. In the Dominican Republic or Venezuela, it is known as papayón, olocotón, papayo or milky. In Cuba it is known as fruit pump. Also in Argentina, Paraguay or Chile, it is called papaya melon, tree melon or mamón. Its shape is very particular ovoid with a greenish-yellow skin. Inside we find a fleshy pulp of orange or reddish color with shiny black seeds. Its texture is very similar to that of melon with a sweet and very soft pulp. Its origins, explains Consorzio Ortofrutticolo Padano, are in Central America. Some writings place the origin in Mexico, where it is known as the fruit of good health. Other data places the origin of these fruits in the Andes of Peru. Despite this, its extension occurred from Mexico to other tropical regions such as Florida, Hawaii, East Africa, South Africa, India, Malaysia and Australia. Its season in tropical areas is throughout the year, now in greenhouses it is outside the coldest months.

The average nutritional composition of raw papaya per 100 grams is as follows:

Water 89 g

Energy 38 kcal

Protein 0.62 g

Fat 0.14 g

Ashes 0.62 g

Carbohydrates 9.82 g

Dietary fiber 1.9 g

Sugars 5.8 g

Calcium 25 mg

Iron 0.1 mg

Magnesium 11 mg

Phosphorus 5 mg

Potassium 256 mg

Sodium 3 mg

Zinc 0.07 mg

Vitamin C 61.9 mg

Pantothenic Acid 0.22 mg

Folate 38 mcg

Vitamin A 1095 IU

Beta carotene 278 mcg

 

The best way to consume it is by chopping the fruit in half, before eating it. Separate the seeds from the pulp. It washes well and can be consumed fresh. Papaya seeds can be eaten as a dressing for their pungent flavor. It can be used in smoothies with other fruits. The types of papayas known are the following: Bluestem, Graham, Betty, Fairchild, Rissimee, Puna and Hortusgred which are the most commercialized.