September 14th, 2012
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.
1 Sharkey, do you see what I see in the tropical courtyard?
2 Let me get a good look at it, Franny.
3 It appears to be some kind of fruit that's maybe not yet ripe.
4 Sharkey, this tree has beautiful flowers that smell like papayas, one of Martha's favorite fruits.
5 And look at this! Those flowers are turning into tiny papayas!
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.
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.
8 And did you know that papayas can be used as a food and in traditional medicine?
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?
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!
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