There are two types of papayas, Hawaiian and Mexican. The Hawaiian variety are most popular in grocery stores. The fruit weighs about a pound and has yellow skin when ripe with bright orange or pinkish flesh. Hawaii was introduced to the papaya in the early 1800. It is the only state in the U.S. growing papayas commercially.
- contains papain which is a natural digestive aid
- higher in vitamin C than oranges or lemons
- Source of vitamin A, essential for vision
- Full of B-complex vitamins which play a vital role in metabolism