Papayas are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A and C.
They have substantialindustrial potential due to the rich content of an enzyme called papain. Papain iscommercially used in meat tenderizers, but is also extracted and put into capsules for useas a digestive aid for proteins, fats, and starches.
In addition to enzymes, papayas provide other digestive system benefits.
The fiber from both fresh and dried papaya helps eliminate constipation. However, if you eat a lotof dried papaya at one time, stay close to a restroom because the therapeutic can be very powerful. Papaya is also a very alkaline fruit, which helps soothe stomach upsets arisingfrom overeating.
Scientists have found that ripe papayas contain more beta-carotine than carrots,and more vitamin C than kiwi fruit.
Carotene is converted into Vitamin A in our body.Papayas also are abundant in bioflavonoids, which benefit the immune system and help prevent allergic reactions. The list of minerals found in papaya includes potassium,magnesium, and calcium.
In addition, papaya can help keep you young!
Papaya helps the body to produce morearginine, an essential amino acid that activates human growth hormone. HGH isimportant for cell rejuvenation and for rebuilding the cells in the liver, muscles, and bones. The skin also benefits from arginine by helping to regenerate skin cells.
Women in the Java have used unripe papaya juice on their skin to try to get rid of wrinkles and old skin cells. Unripe papaya juice can be very acidic and extra rich inenzymes.
In most places in Hawaii to about 1200 feet above sea level, the papaya tree growsfrom seed to a 20-foot, fruit-bearing tree in 18 months, or so.
The trees provide shadeas well as food and require very little care and attention. Just plenty of sunshine, decentsoil, mulch and an occasional load of composted chicken manure that can be bought atany garden supply outlet. The trees seed easily and yield fruit year-round. I grew my papayas from seeds from beautiful, organic papayas I bought at the Hilo Farmer's Market.Really, the trees grow like weeds.
There are about 50 varieties of papayas, many of which are inedible and not soldcommercially.
Papayas can range in size from 6 ounces to 20 pounds. Most commoncommercial varieties, such as the Hawaiian Solo, are on the small side. Papayas withreddish flesh have a taste that differs from that of the orange-fleshed types, which aresweeter.
Papaya -- More Than Just a Pretty Food
Of course, the best way to use papaya is to eat it.
Ripe papayas are cut in half. After theseeds are scooped out the tender yellow to orange flesh may be removed with a spoon.