Papayas grow in the tropical regions of the New World. They grow in southern Mexico and further south into Central and South America. Another name for the papaya is the paw paw.Continue Reading
The papaya tree cannot tolerate frost and does best in rich soil that is full of humus and is well-drained. The papaya also needs full sun, but after these requirements are met, the tree needs little care. It's a small, evergreen, broad-leafed plant that grows to a height of about 20 feet. Since it does not produce woody tissue, some botanists believe that the papaya is a type of herb as opposed to a real tree. Male and female flowers are produced on different trees.
The papaya is grown for its fruit. The fruit is at first green, then it turns orange-yellow as it matures. The flesh is orange with pink undertones and full of small, black seeds, which are edible. The fruits can weigh up to 20 pounds, though much smaller papaya fruit is typically sold in supermarkets. The fruit is also known for an enzyme called papain, which is used as a meat tenderizer.
Besides papain, the papaya fruit is rich in nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper and dietary fiber.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Parrots can eat various berries, mangos, papayas, plums, pomegranates and apples, among other fruits. However, the seeds and pits of fruits should always be removed, because they can be toxic to parrots. In general, choose bright, colorful fruits high in vitamin A.Full Answer >
Tarantulas.com explains that chameleons eat a variety of fruits, including apples, strawberries, mangoes, papayas and raspberries. Chameleons also eat vegetables such as carrots and squash as well leafy greens, such as kale, romaine and endive. Dandelions and hibiscus flowers are also food sources for chameleons.Full Answer >
Bananas, papayas, raisins, mangoes, pinto beans, salmon, peanut butter, baked potatoes, avocados and yogurt all have high levels of potassium. The mineral potassium promotes balance in the body and helps maintain normal blood pressure. It aids in muscle contraction and ensures proper functioning of nerves.Full Answer >
Some recipes that include papayas are papaya and feta salad, green papaya salad and lemongrass chicken, and avocado and papaya salad. To make avocado and papaya salad, cut 2 avocados and papayas into 1/2-inch thick slices. In a bowl, mix together 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon each of black and cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and the zest and juice of 1 lime, and spoon the mixture over the avocado and papaya slices.Full Answer >