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The papaya (Carica papaya) is an exotic tropical fruit native to Central America but the large trees are now found growing throughout tropical regions. They are often incorrectly called Pawpaw, but although  the pawpaw is a different genus, some species do have a similar flavour to Papaya. 


Mature Papaya are about  15cm/6 inches  long and weigh about  300g/11oz with a bright orangey pink flesh which can be eaten raw or cooked in desserts. However, this fruit is also used in its immature state in savoury dishes and is particularly useful when used in meat stews, where the enzyme (papain) which occurs naturally in the flesh, acts as a meat tenderizer.


Whilst the  papaya seeds are edible they aren't  used very often.  They  lend a peppery flavour to salad dressings and can be used as a substitute for capers. 


You can  find sweet and savoury  recipes using this exotic fruit  on both the  Tahiti Cooking by Country main page and in other sections of this web site. Use the search facility to find them all.


Happy cooking!



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