• The papaya tree can grow from seed to a 20 foot, fruit bearing tree in less than 18 months. The fruit can range in size from 1 to 20 pounds.
  • The exact origination of papaya is unknown but it is believed to be native to southern Mexico and neighboring Central America.
  • September is National Papaya Month.
  • The white powder sold as “Meat Tenderizer” is composed mainly of an enzyme extract from the papaya, called papain.
  • There are two types of papayas, the Hawaiian and Mexican.
  • Most people only eat the sweet delicious flesh, but you can also eat the small, black seeds in the center of the fruit. The seeds taste like black pepper. People in some countries use papaya seeds in place of black pepper corns.
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