There are so many things we assume and take for granted, for example the fruit Papaya.
It was during a recent trip to Kerala that a Middle Aged Journalist asked our Tour guide to Show her the difference between a Banana and a Papaya tree.
It did bring a smile to my face then but I now think that there are millions ( the readers of these blogs however are well informed and do not fall into this category am sure) who would never have seen how the Fruits they devour daily Grow.
Thus prompted I bring to you the Superfruit “Papaya” or Pawpaw ( English), Papita (Hindi), Carica papaya (Scientific Name).
This is an unusual young one with Red Petioles.
The Papaya Fruit is an All Season Fruit and if included in your daily diet will keep many a dreaded ailment at bay. It is a great Laxative as well.
Distinctive Large Maple Like Leaves are a clear give away characteristic of the Papaya Tree. The Juice of the leaves is a Life saver for those infected by the life threatening and dreaded Dengue fever.
The small off white Flowers appear to be Male flowers as they are tubular and away from the main Trunk. . The Papaya Tree can bear only Male or Female Flowers but some bear both on the same tree.
The featured image depicts relatively Small papaya trees dwarfed by a Countryside dominated by towering Coconut trees.
Am amazed how this Native of Mexico or the Americas developed such Deep Roots in India that 50% of the World’s Papayas are now produced here.
Fascinating is it not ? Do share your Fruity experiences.