Papaya

The Papaya, an extremely nutritious fruit, is believed to be native to southern Mexico and neighboring Central America. It is a melon like fruit with yellow-orange flesh enclosed in a thin skin that varies in color from green to orange to rose. In South America, papaya has been used to tenderize meat for ages, due to the enzyme called papain breaks down tough meat fibers. There are two types of papayas, the Hawaiian and Mexican. The Hawaiian varieties are pear shaped, weigh about a pound each, and have yellow skin when ripe. Mexican papayas are much larger than the Hawaiian types, although t..

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