Papaya Factoids

Papaya Factoids

  • Papaya was put on 12 foods least contaminated with pesticides in 2003 by The Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocate and protection nonprofit research organization.

  • Papayas can weigh from one pound to 10 pounds.

  • Only one male papaya is needed to pollinate 50 female papayas. The two are only distinguishable during the flowering period. Male papaya trees have thin and tube-like flower usually borne on a long flower stalk and do not bear fruits while Female papaya trees have relatively large and rounded base flowers.

  • Like humans, papaya trees are also possible to be bisexual. They are called Hermaphrodite or Solo papayas as they can bear fruit by themselves and have excellent fruit quality. Bisexual papayas are highly favorable than female counterparts as they are highly inbred, which produce uniform fruit shape and size.

  • Male or bisexual papaya plants may change completely to female papaya plants after being beheaded.

  • Papaya seeds and leaves are also edible and contain papain, a protein-digesting enzyme used as a meat tenderizer, and when eaten, may help to have a healthy digestion and ease allergic reactions of many allergies particularly hay fever.

  • “Don’t judge the book by its cover” and “Beauty is”  are not applicable sayings to apply with papayas when discriminating good papayas from bad as slightly soft and yellow-orange papayas mean fully ripe ones, which have perfect reddish-orange flesh and at their peak with the highest nutritional values while spotty and mushy types mean otherwise. Thus, judging them by their look is the best option to get the best.

  • Botanically, papayas are known as Carica papaya, native to Central America but also known and available in most tropical countries around the world.

  • Mexican varieties of papayas, typically, can reach up to two feet in length and ten pounds in weight, much larger than an average watermelon.

  • Papaya contains chymopapain, a protein-digesting enzyme, which has been proven to help lower inflammation and improve healing from burns.

  • Papaya has vitamin A and carotenoids (beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin) help to maintain a healthy lung and may also help to protect lungs from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.

  • Papaya plants are not trees but giant herbs that can grow from 10 to 12 feet high.

  • Papayas are thought to have originated in Mexico and Central America.