The papaya is native to Central America. From there it has been introduced to areas favorable to its growth in Asia, Africa, and Polynesia. It is second only to the banana in importance in South and Central America and Hawaii. The papaya tree is actually a large shrub, not unlike a palm in appearance, and bears fruit when It is only a few months old. The fruit resembles a melon with smooth skin, and is yellowish-orange, in color when ripe. The flesh is a darker orange and is from one to two inches thick. In the center of the fruit are a large number of small, round, black seeds.
The papaya has been planted in Florida and Texas, where it has met with considerable success. In California its cultivation is confined to the most protected areas in the southern part of the state.
Benefits of Papaya
The papaya is high in digestive properties and has a direct tonic effect on the stomach. It is used in the treatment of stomach ulcers and fevers, and has a high mucus solvent action. The papaya retains its potency in high temperatures.
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