GIANT PAPAYA (PAW PAW)
Mexican papayas, botanically classified as Carica papaya, are large, fragrant fruits native to tropical regions of Central America’s. Papaya is the fruit of the Carica papaya plant. It originated in Southern Mexico but is now grown in many other parts of the world. Underneath the surface, the flesh ranges in color from red, orange, yellow to pink and has a soft buttery consistency with notes of melon (cantaloupe), and mango. There is a slight subtle sweetness and some point to hints of pumpkin.
The seeds are edible, containing a peppery, slightly bitter flavor, and have a crunchy, slippery texture as they are covered in a gelatinous coating.
Papaya are an excellent source of vitamin C and calcium, also vitamin A, folate, fiber, iron, and magnesium. Papayas contain a beneficial enzyme known as papain that helps break down proteins for more efficient digestion.
Ideal to be eaten fresh but due to Papayas flavor and soft texture, it is well-suited for fresh and cooked applications. The entire fruit is edible, including the skin, flesh, and seeds!
Origin: Brazil, Mexico, Spain
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