The Jamaican fruit papaya is not as popular as say mango, Jamaican apple but it is one of many fruits that grow in the beautiful tropical island.
Even though papaya can be found through the year, the fruit is more popular through its short seasonal period, which is between June and September. If you love papaya, grab them when you can because its season does not last very long.
To get more complicated, the papaya tree tends to bear less than 200 papayas per tree and some tree do not bear at all. This is because; during the blooming stage the trees either bear female flowers, bisexual (male & female) flowers or male flowers. Trees that bears male flowers won’t bear fruits
When the papaya is fully matured, ripe and juicy, the outer skin is yellow and the inner layer is rich orange or yellow in colour. Because of its sweet taste and very soft texture, the Jamaican fruit papaya is called “the fruit of the angels”.
I would not recommend you eating a young, green papaya because of the amount of latex it contain and the tastelessness of it at this stage.Health benifits
In addition, the papaya has a tremendous amount of health benefits, some of which are below:
1. Have high antioxidants properties includes vitamin E vitamin C and beta-carotene. This helps to build you immune system and prevent degenerative diseases.
2. Contain high levels of vitamin A, which contributes to healthy skin, healthy vision and the prevention of macular degeneration.
3. The enzymes that the papaya contains include papain and chymopapain, which reduce inflammation in the stomach and treating ulcer.
4. A good source of fibre. This can help to reduce high cholesterol levels.
5. Studies have shown papaya helps to prevent and help to remedy heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer.
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