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Tree Description: Papaya has an enzyme that soothes the stomach and calms indigestion. The fruit is commonly consumed as a breakfast food, and it is often juiced as well. Red Lady is a dwarf self pollinating variety that is also especially resistant to papaya ring spot virus. The fruit typically weigh four to six pounds, and it has excellent flavor, aroma, and texture. Avg. Height x Width: 6' x 5'. Season: Year round. Damage Temp: 30F.
Scientific Name: Carica papaya
Common Name: Papaya
Relatives: Babaco, chamburo
Origin: Tropical America
Distribution: Papaya originated in Mesoamerica, likely in southern Mexico. Regarding the natural distribution of papaya, this has been suggested to range from the northern tropical limit of Mexico to Costa Rica in Central America.
History: The papaya is believed to have originated in southern Mexico and eastern Central America. By the time that the Spanish arrived, the fruit had already spread throughout Central America and into South America. The Spanish were the first to introduce it to Asia in 16th century via the Philippines.
Importance: Papayas contain high levels of antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Diets high in antioxidants may reduce the risk of heart disease. The antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. When cholesterol oxidizes, it's more likely to create blockages that lead to heart disease.