Papaya (Papita)

Moisture 90.8% Protein 0.6%
Fat 0.1% Minerals 0.5%
Carbohydrates 7.2% Vitamin C 57 mg
Calcium 17 mg Phosphorus 13 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
>Calorific Value - 32 (values per 100 gms)
>Small amount of Vitamin B complex
Origin and Distribution

The fruit has a thin smooth skin. It is dark green in colour at first, but as the papaya ripens, it changes to bright yellowish or orange. Papaya appears to have originated in southern Mexico and Costa Rica. It is now widely cultivated in India, China, Sri Lanka, Malaya, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Central and South Africa, Philippines, Australia and on most of the Pacific islands.

Natural Benefits Of Eating Papaya

Papaya is regarded as a wholesome fruit. The daily requirements of some of the essential nutrients like proteins, minerals, vitamins can be met from this fruit.

  • Good Source of Energy

It is easily digestible fruit and also helps in digestion of other foods. Ripe papaya is excellent tonic for growing children, for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

  • Breakfast, salads

The ripe fruit are eaten throughout the tropics for breakfast and dessert, and in fruit salads. They are used for making soft drinks, jams and ice-cream flavouring. They are also canned in syrup, Unripe fruits are generally taken as a vegetable.

  • Uses

Papain, prepared from the dried latex of immature fruits is used in meat-tenderizing preparation, manufacture of chewing-gum, in cosmetics and as a drug for digestive ailments.

Papaya For Various Diseases

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