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10 Eye-Catching Facts About Papaya

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Papaya is a tropical tree that grows in Africa, Asia, and South America. Often called “melon tree”, and in Australia, dad or paws. Papaya fruit of Carica Papaya. There are two known varieties – Mexican and Hawaiian. Here is a shortlist of curious tropical fruit facts.

  1. Mexican papaya weighs up to 10 kg, while Hawaiian papaya weighs about 1 kg.
  2. Only in Hawaii is papaya grown for the trade.
  3. Papaya is the first genetically modified fruit in the United States.
  4. Unripe papayas act as natural contraception and can cause miscarriage.
  5. Papaya tea is used as a defense against malaria.
  6. The seeds of the fruit resemble black pepper and are edible. They can be peeled and used as a substitute for black pepper.
  7. The bark of the papaya tree is often used for rope.
  8. Papaya contains latex (the white juice that comes out of unripe papaya), which can cause an allergic reaction in people with latex allergies.
  9. If you eat too much, papaya (like carrots) can lead to carotenemia – yellowing of the feet and palms.
  10. A small papaya contains about 300% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

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