Papaya also known as PawPaw is a tropical fruit that is popular for its taste and nutritional value. Here are amazing general and nutritional facts about papaya that you must know.

Facts About Papaya

  1. According to experts, papaya originated and is domesticated in southern Mexico and Central America.
facts about papaya
  1. In Asia, papaya was introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century via the Philippines. 
  1. India is the largest producer of papaya in the world. Around 39.30% of the total papaya produced in the world are from India.
  1. SunUp” is the world’s first transgenic papaya developed with resistance to papaya ringspot virus disease.
  1. In the Philippines, “Sinta” was the first developed hybrid of papaya.
  1. The first seedless variety of papaya in the world is “Aurora.” The variety was developed in Israel through selection, without gene manipulation.
  1. Botanically, papaya is not a fruit, but a berry.
  1. In the United States of America, papaya is only cultivated commercially in Hawaii.
  1. Papaya fruit was nicknamed as the “Fruit of The Angels” by Christopher Columbus.
  1. The Formosa papaya variety is one of the largest ones, one single papaya fruit can weigh up to 3 Kilograms.
  1. To manufacture chewing gums and dietary supplements, the enzyme papain is used which is extracted from papaya. It also acts as an excellent meat tenderizer. 
  1. In some countries, seeds of ripe papaya is used as an alternative to black pepper.
  1. If you observe a papaya tree, then you will notice there is no branch in the tree.

Papaya Nutrition Facts

  1. In 100 grams of papaya, 32 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, 7.2 grams of carbohydrates and 2.6 grams of fiber.
  1. Papaya fruits are rich in Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as folate, lutein, zeaxanthin, pantothenic acid, lycopene, magnesium, copper, calcium, and potassium.
  1. Diabetics patients can also consume papaya as they are high in fiber and low in sugar.
  1. As papayas are rich in fiber, therefore they also help to lower cholesterol levels in the body.
  1. Beta-carotene present in papaya helps to reduce stress levels.

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