Name (common): Papaya

Botanical name: Carica papaya

Synonyms: Paw paw, green papaya

 

General description:

Papayas grow in tropical climates and are also known as paw paws. Their sweet, juicy fruit is a rich orange colour with either yellow or pink hues. Inside the inner cavity of the fruit are black, round seeds encased in a gelatinous-like substance. 

 

Functions and general science:

The fruit contains papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe. 

 

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