I love Papaya! I believe this is one of my favorite fruit I can eat any time of the year and use in many different cuisines.
This tropical fruit was called by Christopher Columbus “the fruit of the angels”. And I can’t agree more with this description. In our days papaya mostly comes from Hawaii, United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Benefits of papaya:
- Excellent for digestive system and Anti-Inflamatory. Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns.
- Vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses as colds and flu.
- Excellent source of fruit for diabetic. Despite being sweet in nature, papayas are low in sugar content (8.3 gm in one cup of sliced papaya) as well as glycemic index. This property makes papayas excellent fruits for diabetics. The vitamins and phytonutrients present in them prevent development of heart disease in diabetes.
Great option for those who looking to loose weight
- Apart from keeping the skin healthy, papayas are very effective for maintaining healthy hair. Sebum, a compound that is crucial for keeping the hair smooth, shiny and moisturized. External application of papaya extract to the scalp can help you get rid of dandruff. The nutrients present in papaya helps hair loss. They boost hair growth and strengthening.
- Stress reduction. The wonder fruit is rich in several nutrients like Vitamin C, which can keep you free from stress.
- Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and vitamin C. It is a very good source of folate. In addition, it is a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper and vitamin K.
All of this makes papaya a wholesome fruit that is excellent for your entire body.
How to choose papaya
If you want to eat papaya right away, choose ones that have slightly orange skin and are slightly soft to the touch. The yellow color one will take a few more days to get ready.
Papayas are more available during the summer and fall; however, you can purchase them throughout the year.
Papayas that are partially yellow should be left at room temperature where they will ripen in a few days. If you want to speed this process, place them in a paper bag with a banana. Ripe papayas should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within one or two days, so you can enjoy their maximum flavor.
You can also clean and cut papaya and store in the freezer. Those are excellent for smoothies or for laces where is constant summer like Bahamas.
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