The papaya (from Carib via Spanish), is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya, in the genus Carica. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, an was cultivated in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican classic cultures. It is sometimes called "tree melon" or "pawpaw," but the North American pawpaw is a different species, in the genus Asimina.

Trivia about papaya

  • A medium one of these has about 70mg of calcium:(seedy tropical fruit)
  • Ask mama--this food is also known as the pawpaw
  • This tropical fruit may be eaten raw or cooked like squash
  • This tropical fruit is sometimes called a pawpaw though the true pawpaw is an entirely different fruit
  • This tropical fruit contains an enzyme called papain which is used to tenderize meat
  • Caribbean cooks use this fruit to marinate chicken & beef; an enzyme called papain tenderizes the meat
  • This fruit is cultivated in semitropical zones
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  • This pear-shaped tropical fruit has edible black seeds that resemble peppercorns & can be ground & used like pepper