The papaya, also known as a ‘pawpaw’ or ‘tree melon’, is native to southern Mexico and Central America, but is not grown in tropical regions worldwide. There are two main varieties: the Mexican and the smaller Hawaiian type.


The papaya starts off green, turning yellow to orange when ripe ad consists of gelatinous seeds at the centre. The fruit resembles honey dew melon in texture and offers a subtle sweet to bitter taste.



Health Benefits


  • Provides the enzyme papain, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the stomach which helps to digest proteins faster and is used to relieve irritable bowel syndrome. (1)


  • Abundant in vitamin C which is beneficial for fighting infections in the body. (2)


  • A great source of vitamin A which is excellent for promoting healthy skin, mucous membranes and vision. (3)


  • A good source of fibre and potassium which helps to ease the digestive system and control the flow of blood in the body respectively. (4)


  • Contains B-Vitamins which are required to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the body. (5)


  • Has a range of antioxidants that help prevent atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and the formation of degenerative diseases. (6)


Papaya Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 39
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 3 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 10 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 2g 7%
Sugar 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 22% Vitamin C  103%
Calcium 2% Iron  1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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