All About The Papaya

The papaya is a fruit that is native to the tropics of the Americas. The flavor of this interesting little fruit is somewhat like a combination of a peach and a pineapple, though it is not quite as tart. With a texture somewhat like a cantaloupe, the papaya is truly a unique fruit.

Papaya is primarily eaten raw after being sliced and deseeded. When still unripe, the green fruit may also be cooked and included in salads, curries, and stews. Many also enjoy preparing unripened papaya like one would prepare squash and eating it that way. Papaya may also be used to make a thick and refreshing drink by simply blending diced papaya with some water. When sliced and dried, it makes for a great snack that is convenient to enjoy.

The small, black seeds in papaya also have a spicy and sharp taste. For this reason, it is also used as a replacement for black pepper. Some Asian countries also steam the leaves and eat them like spinach. The leaves can be used to treat stomachache and also act as an analgesic and a heart tonic.

A very beneficial enzyme by the name of papain can be found in the papaya fruit. This enzyme was used by ancient cultures to tenderize meat and, as such, is still found in many meat tenderizers today. The unripened fruit can also be cut into chunks and its fruit and leaves can be wrapped around meat prior to cooking in order to increase the flavor and tenderness of the meat.

This same enzyme is also beneficial in aiding digestive problems. For this reason, it can often be found in tablet form at health food stores. It can also be found as a cream for use with treating rashes, cuts, burns, and stings. This ointment is typically made from fermented flesh from the papaya.

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