Papaya is another fruit that grows all over the island, we have 4 trees around our house. There are two varieties of papaya, one is yellow-orange in the middle and the other is orange-red. We prefer the less common orange-red variety, they are more flavorful and the meat is a little firmer. It is difficult to tell the two varieties apart, but the red-orange ones are slightly less elongated that the others. We recently tried a melon-papaya cross bread that someone on the island has grown and it was awesome... like a cantaloupe and papaya in one.
Most papayas at the road side stands are one to two dollars depending on size, the one below is dollar sized. Papaya is a good sources of antioxidants, Vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, copper, magnesium and fiber. When applied to the skin, papaya helps break down inactive proteins, removes dead skin cells and helps prevent blemishes. This is the reason you will find Mom rubbing the papaya peel on her face after every breakfast.
The seeds of papaya's are edible, helpful for digestion, and can even eliminate intestinal parasites. They taste a little peppery and a little bitter, some people use them as a pepper substitute and they look just like peppercorns.
"The Food Around Us" Running Total (4) - Breadfruit, Coconuts, Taro and Papaya
The Jaskowiak Family
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