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.
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.
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.
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.