PAPAYA

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).

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The Papaya Tree

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.

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Too Little to bear Fruits

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.

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Distinctive Large Leaves and  Small Flowers

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.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

37 thoughts on “PAPAYA”

      1. yes of course. and before commenting I thought that Brazil would be the largest producer. but that difference is not of importance. instead what stunned me is that papaya is not a native to India from its origin and it is so spread in India. 🙂

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    1. The Extract of Papaya Leaves . If you google it you will get a lot of details on the enzymes etc that exist in these plants which are effective. On a practical experience papaya Leaves are stolen from our trees when Dengue Fever reaches epidemic proportions in Delhi.

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  1. Interesting post. I have lived on a farm all of my life and also find it interesting when people do not know how things grow. But, if they are never exposed, I guess it is understandable. I was also fascinated that the leaves can help with Dengue Fever. Lots of plants have medicinal purposes, some of which we remain unaware.

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      1. I thought banana plants like say coconut trees are commonly ‘seen’ in tv,photos, cartoons (i can’t imagine anyone not knowing how a coconut tree looks like!) Just like we know how Holy berry plants looks like as its such a common thing in Disney cartoons! Ok,,many people don’t watch TV 😛

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  2. Papaya is one of my favorite fruit but sadly my mum is a bit comprehensive about having it in large quantity. There was a time when we had papaya trees at our backyard and I used to have one whole papaya fruit everyday in the morning. 🙂

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  3. Nice article. Papaya is a wonderful fruit, the traditional varieties grown without drip irrigation are far more tastier. Modern varieties are red, massive, and more watery.
    The one with red petioles in your photos is a tapioca plant.

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