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Papaya is called fruit of the angels by Conquistadors because of its heavenly taste. In its prime, it is a cerise-orange colored, unbelievably juicy fruit with an aroma to match its heavenly taste. …

Papaya is called fruit of the angels by Conquistadors because of its heavenly taste. In its prime, it is a cerise-orange colored, unbelievably juicy fruit with an aroma to match its heavenly taste. Not only is papaya beautiful, fragrant and luscious, it is amazingly healthful!


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  • 1. Papaya is called fruit of the angels by Conquistadors because of its heavenly taste.In its prime, it is a cerise-orange colored, unbelievably juicy fruit with an aroma tomatch its heavenly taste. Not only is papaya beautiful, fragrant and luscious, it isamazingly healthful!How fortunate that this glorious fruit is available year-round. Although a native ofthe tropics, papaya trees produce fruit all year long and are now produced inHawaii and Puerto Rico. A ripe papaya can be as long as twenty inches, but mostcommercially grown fruits are pear-shaped, about seven inches in length andabout a pound in weight. It is high in bromelain, which makes it beneficial in ways
  • 2. similar to pineapple. Since it loses nutrient strength as it ripens, papaya is best ifpurchased mostly ripe and eaten by the next day. Purchase fruit that is orangey-red in color and just a little soft to touch. Fruits that have yellow patches are lessripe and will take a few days at home to become their best. The seeds of a papayaare small, round and black in color. Although they are edible, they have a bitter,peppery flavor that few people seem to find enjoyable.Papaya can be eaten for its digestive and heart health properties. Externally, it isused in anti-aging products and both the skin and pulp are valuable as healingagents. After a course of antibiotic therapy, papaya juice will rapidly return theintestinal bacteria count to normal. It is especially rich in Vitamin C and carotene.More unusual, but very valuable is its high arginine, papain and carpain contents.Arginine is known to be good for male fertility, while papain is a proteolyticenzyme. This means papain can break down protein, making it valuable as a meattenderizer. Carpain is an enzyme considered to be good for the heart. Papaya alsocontains fibrin, a rarity in the plant world. In humans, fibrin is an essential part ofthe blood clotting process.Although further study needs to be done, early findings lead to the beliefthat papaya may prevent diabetic heart disease. It is high in fiber, which helps tolower cholesterol. A very special ability of the fiber contained in papaya is that itcan bind cancer causing toxins to it, preventing them from binding to cells in thecolon. For individuals with a family history of colon cancer, papaya may be animportant dietary addition.Another promising finding is that men who ate lycopene-rich foods are less likelyto develop prostate cancer. Papaya is one of the high lycopene fruits, easy to eatand easy to obtain in todays markets.Papaya is a great addition to any meal or snack. Chunks of fresh papaya areterrific in cereal or in smoothies.