Information about Papaya
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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.
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.
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
can find sweet and savoury recipes using this exotic
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