Papaya – Atop a Tree

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.

Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber.

Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies. Β©whfoods

Have a papaya today …

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23 thoughts on “Papaya – Atop a Tree

    • I didn’t know about the male tree. Thank you for telling me.
      I enjoy papaya for breakfast with some yogurt. It’s very refreshing.
      This tree is in my friends garden. I wish I had a tree that gave me that much fruit.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my entry. Welcome to my blog …
      Isadora 😎

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    • I like to have papaya for breakfast. Sometimes, I add yogurt. It’s tasty. : )
      The tree is on a friends property. I was amazed when I saw so many at the top.
      I had to take a photograph. The branch at the bottom is part of the other tree. It
      has many fruits and is much smaller. I think the tree is bending from the weight.
      She’s very fortunate to be able to go out and pick one. I’m pleased you enjoyed this.
      Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      Isadora 😎

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    • I believe papaya can be grown in any warm climate. It’s a tropical fruit.
      The tree is on a friends property. She’s fortunate to be able to go out
      and pick breakfast. : ) I couldn’t beleive how many she has. And, a small
      off-shoot growing below with more fruit. I don’t have fruit tree but would love this one.
      Thanks, Carol. I’m glad you enjoyed this.
      Izzy 😎

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