Sharing our Papaya Knowledge

Posted by F&S

Yesterday, we were making our usual rounds of the farm, when we spotted an unusual tree growing in the tropical courtyard.  Of course we investigated and of course, we knew a thing or two about it.

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Sharkey, do you see what I see in the tropical courtyard?

1 Sharkey, do you see what I see in the tropical courtyard?

Let me get a good look at it, Franny.

2 Let me get a good look at it, Franny.

It appears to be some kind of fruit that's maybe not yet ripe.

3 It appears to be some kind of fruit that's maybe not yet ripe.

Sharkey, this tree has beautiful flowers that smell like papayas, one of Martha's favorite fruits.

4 Sharkey, this tree has beautiful flowers that smell like papayas, one of Martha's favorite fruits.

And look at this!  Those flowers are turning into tiny papayas!

5 And look at this! Those flowers are turning into tiny papayas!

Yes, I think it's safe to say that this is a papaya tree, and from what I know about papayas, this must be a miniature variety because regular papaya trees can be 30 feet tall.

6 Yes, I think it's safe to say that this is a papaya tree, and from what I know about papayas, this must be a miniature variety because regular papaya trees can be 30 feet tall.

Although the papaya is now cultivated in most tropical countries, I've read that it is originally from southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

7 Although the papaya is now cultivated in most tropical countries, I've read that it is originally from southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

And did you know that papayas can be used as a food and in traditional medicine?

8 And did you know that papayas can be used as a food and in traditional medicine?

I suppose you'll also tell me that the fruit is a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, lycopene, dietary minerals, and dietary fiber.  Am I right?

9 I suppose you'll also tell me that the fruit is a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, lycopene, dietary minerals, and dietary fiber. Am I right?

Francesca, I've also heard that green papaya fruit is rich in papain, a natural meat tenderizer.  So I say, let's pick this baby and go catch us a squirrel!

10 Francesca, I've also heard that green papaya fruit is rich in papain, a natural meat tenderizer. So I say, let's pick this baby and go catch us a squirrel!

Comments (12)

  • Hello Ladies & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Miniature Papaya trees, heh!!! You girls have everything a person could desire on your farm. If it isn't grown outside, Mama Martha sees to it inside. A meat tenderizer and squirrel hunting sound very exciting, but be careful with those mean coyotes and bobcat in the woods. We had a skunk/raccoon encounter on our night camera recently. The skunk wanted to stir the pot so to speak and got up on haunces and tried to get the raccoon going, but he couldn't be bothered and so the skunk just left. Funny huh? Maddox, congratulations on all your winnings at the dog show--you stud muffin you!!Give Jonesey a Happy 14th birthday hug from me. Abby, I had Boxers growing up, they were so dear. With your Mom and you looking after him at the hospital he will get well fast I know. Rebel, remember, while Mimi is gone, you and Papa watch football and have lots of "cc" time with treats. Kirby, your Mom is so sweet to take care of the kitten. I think you have a new friend in your life. Zoe, glad to hear things are getting back to normal and Dad is improving. Has Rapper "Z" visited him and sang. I think I see a photo of Rapper "Z" in her sunglasses in our future. Dudley you are always so sweet thinking of others, hoping you are enjoying your day. James Dean and Kitty, I thought of you today when I made kitty kat Christmas cards for the craft show. Everyone loves their doggie cards, so I am trying kitties too. If they don't sell, well you 2 will have a lot of kitty cards to send to your friends. Missy Chow hope you get more computer time as I love hearing from you. I think Chloe was sent to Military school or something. Zoe, what is going on with your cousin? Miss Cora Belle, I think you and Lucinda and James need to call yourselves, Chiweenie House on the Prairie. But protect the porcupine at all costs. Everyone have a great weekend and Sonya don't work too hard and Delia drink lots of cranberry juice for the edema. I heard that is good.
    Hugs to all,
    Lynn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Wow, the week is almost gone and I haven’t sent out my Christmas Cards yet. Oh wait, that’s in a few months. I guess I was looking at my “doggy” calendar and liked the picture of the little French Poodle for December and didn’t turn it back to the right month; oh silly me. It’s still September and the fall hasn’t started as of yet. Still a while before it is cooler. I can see the changes each day. When Daddy and I take our walk every night, I can tell that it isn’t in the 90’s; it’s dropped to the 60’s now. Yep, fall is on the way and then the winter will start. Maybe we will have … opps, I almost used the “S” word. People up north don’t like that word. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you once again, you two wonderful girls, for sharing something new for us to learn about Martha's beautiful Bedford farm! That papaya looks great, but I've never seen or tasted it! I'll have to tell Mom to get some so I can try it! Hope you have a great weekend and go hug GK for me, too! Lynn, absolutely loved reading your great comments today-you are so thoughtful and humorous! Kirby, how awful poison peanuts would be in anybodies yard-hope they find out who did that! Rebel, hope Mimi has fun in California and can't wait to hear from you again! Abby, glad you and Mom have a day off-how fun! Delia, so glad you are feeling happier! Please hug Kitty, again! Maddox, so glad that you won and great job on group 2, also you handsome fella! Cora-Belle, have fun taking care of the Chiweenies again-you are such a great gal and I love you! Missy Chow, have fun with those squirrels! Sonya, hope all is well and hope to hear from you soon! Will check back later! Sure hope all of you have a great weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Lynn at this time 9:17 for me midwest you are all alone here...so I'd like to Thank you for the advice for edema...I do drink a great deal of cranberry juice and eat a 6oz bag of dries natural cranberries every day....my feet feel mush better and I never took one water pill whoo-hoo! ;-)
    The kitty kards sound great, I think they will be a hit for sure...can you email me an image to see them?

    All my friends here, fur and human, thanks again for the welcoming back and condolences for my brother-in-law passing...hubby had 16 brothers and sisters, now 7 left. (good Latin Catholic family or no TV ;-)

    Kitty says hello, she is out enjoying the cool weather stalking whatever lurks in the yard...the deer or groundhog ate ALL my Hosta. :-(

    OK got to run and clean house and unpack...he he haven't done that yet because I'm made at myself for loosing my plastic bag with all the liquids that contained expensive products, oh well it's better then loosing luggage - right?

    Have a great and safe weekend!

    Hugs,

    Madam delia & Madmoiselle Kitty =^-!-^=

  • holly cow all the TYPOS! I forgot to mention Sharkey, those papayas are huge for such a small tree! I looooove papayas and ate many in Hawaii.

    smooches for Sharkey, say bonjour to Franny! ;-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Sharkey, Francesca,Lynn, Super Maddox, Kirby, Delia and all my glue squad friends-
    Wow mimiature papaya trees- looks like you girls are having fun. They smell wonderful but have not eaten any. Thought of you Rebel last night when I got two pieces of kielbasa in my dog bowl last night. It was delicious!
    Kirby, hope your bad neighbor stays away and that you have fun chasing healthy squirrels. Missy Chow, it is nice you always think of others and I bet you look stunning after that spa treatment so go show everyone your "wow look"! CONGRATULATIONS MADDOX!!
    The glue squad is so proud of you, even James Dean sends his persian purrs..
    Cora belle hope you have lots of beach parties with those Chiweenies and hotdogs for all! Keep the porcupine under wraps and hide your maple bars.
    Zoe hope you are getting lots of c and c time cuddlying with your Pop. Sonya hugs for you. Where is Chloe?? Lynn, my mom grew up with boxers too! She loves them along with all the dogs and cats. Jimmy thinks its great you made kitty kat christmas cards.He had his birthday on Sept. 11th and is now 5 years old. We gave him a kitty hoots mouse and the celebration continues at our house.Lots of love to Kitty too.
    Keep safe Glue Squad friends and have a great weekend! High paws from Abby and James Dean XXX

  • Hello everyone,
    Speaking of everyone, where is everyone?
    We had to leave super early this morning so I couldn't get on the computer
    But I am done till I go in the group this afternoon so I am using Karen's phone to email. I told her I must talk to my peeps.
    Papaya's? I have never tasted this fruit. But if it is Martha's favorite fruit, I bet it is delicious. I dont know how it would mix with squirrels but I guess you girls can let us know
    how that works out for ya. Hehehehehehe
    I will check back later to see what everyone is up to. In the meantime, enjoy the day
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Afternoon F & S

    Hmmmm something doesn't seem right there is only 1 post - is there a problem???

    So I don't have a tropical courtyard in fact I have no courtyard at all!! Must be nice to have all that fresh fruit growing in your yard. Mom has the vegetable garden and that's it - I'm not fond of anything that growes in the garden but I do like to dig ;)

    Lynn my cousin Chloe's mom is too busy with her political posts on facebook so Chloe doesn't get any computer time lately. I can tell you she had to go to the emergency room a few weeks ago because she caught some kind of critter and before she killed it the thing bit her face. What a mess - that dog is just a wild one!! Other than that she is doing well, I'll tell her everyone was asking for her.

    I'm so happy the weekend is here I plan on sleeping in tomorrow and having a nice breakfast out on the deck with mom and dad. Maybe I can convince mom to make a german pancake - they are SO yummy.

    Have a great weekend everyone!!

    Love Zoe

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, We are always learning something new and different from your discoveries on the farm,thanks for the info.

    Lynn, where is everyone today? You were up bright and early, hope you're not having more migraines.

    Kind of quiet here today and not too much planned for the weekend either, but I may have to supervise some outside chores during the weekend. The weather is so delightful with less humidity that I spent some time outside already. It really felt good.
    Mom went shopping this morning and put everything away before I could check the bags; but I think she bought me a surprise treat or two. If I'm really good today, maybe I will get one too.

    Hi to all my buddies - hope nobody is in "time out".

    Will check back later...

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Who knew that papaya's were skwerl bait! :)

    What's up with all the close up pictures of Miss Sharkey? Is she preparing to make her movie debut and utter those immortal words by Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." :)

    Aw, just teasing! It's playful Fridays.

    Good luck with your squirrel catchin'.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    gail
    p.s. The weather in NH this past week has been downright gorgeous! :)

  • Back again, don't I feel silly asking where everyone is at my posting time of 1:40 when there were posts earlier,sorry everyone who posted before me. Must have been a "glinch" in the system, hehehe.

    Gail, I'm with you, the weather in MA this week has been sooooo gorgeous!!!

    Have a nice weekend everyone :-)

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Mmm, those papayas look yummy, Raven baby! Before I came to live with her, Mom went to Hawaii and she says they had papayas everyday at breakfast. I wonder how they would be with rabbit? I ask because there is a rabbit that seems to think that coming and living in our yard might be a good idea. Clearly he or she did not get the memo about what I do to baby bunnies when I can. I chased him out all nice and friendly (more or less) a couple of times, but if he keeps coming in and nibbling on Mom's plants, it'll be no more Mrs. Nice Gal, I can tell you!

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