>> Main Page >> Fruits >> Papaya


The pear-shaped papaya is native to Central America and has soft, buttery flesh with peppery edible seeds. This sweet, musky fruit can be as big as 20 inches but is typically about 7 inches long, with 118 calories, lots of vitami C, and a good source of folate anf potassium. Papaya contains the enzyme papain, used in meat tenderizers and useful in protein digestion. Enjoy papayas fresh or baked, with a squeeze of lemon or lime.