We’ve Just Harvested Our First Papaya!

It seems the last few days have brought us a bounty of tropical fruits.  First Dusty and El Gordo shared their abundant mangos  and now we’ve picked our first papaya.

Papaya

Papaya

Here are a few facts about papayas:

Papayas are very low in calories, just 39 calories/100 g;

Papayas contain no cholesterol and are a rich source of phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins;

Papayas contain soft, easily digestible flesh with a good amount of soluble dietary fiber;

Papayas are one of the fruits with the highest vitamin-C content even more than oranges or lemons and are an excellent source of  vitamin A and beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium and calcium; and

Papayas have been proven as a natural remedy for many conditions. Papaya seeds are anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and analgesic, and they are used to treat stomach ache and ringworm infections.

Papaya and it's seeds.

Papaya and it’s seeds.

Papayas are fast-growing trees that produce fruit the first year of planting. Once the tree starts flowering the fruit is ready to harvest within five to eight months.  The tree that our papaya came from was grown from seed by Dusty and donated as a small plant to our garden last July.

Papaya chunks!

Papaya chunks!

It was difficult not to eat the fruit as I was cutting it up.  We have several more papayas that will be ready to harvest soon and we’ll be sharing our bounty.  It’s been wonderful to see how quickly and easily that we can grow things here and it’s another reason why life is good in the campo.

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4 Responses to We’ve Just Harvested Our First Papaya!

  1. Kris says:

    Congratulations! The papayas around here are wonderful. I love it with a little limon juice. I have some small papaya plants that were started from seed, and now I’m excited to follow your success.

    • indacampo says:

      We have a tree out front that is full! The ones in the back kept on getting the little babies blown off in the wind so there’s not as many. 🙂

  2. Cheryl says:

    Yummy you guys are so lucky. Just go out the back door and grab some breakfast. It doesn’t get much better. Do you grow pineapple also.

    • indacampo says:

      I have about a half a dozen plants that are doing well after many false starts. They take about a year and a half to fruit. Not as quick or as easy as papayas! 🙂

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