Papaya fruit is a significant source of vitamin C and folate, but otherwise has generally low content of nutrients. Papaya skin, pulp and seeds also including carotenoids and polyphenols.

Papayas are a good source of vitamin A, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid and fiber. They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthan, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K and lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes.

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Uses

Papayas can be used as a food, a cooking aid and in traditional medicine.

The ripe fruit of the papaya is usually eaten raw, without skin or seeds. The unripe green fruit can be eaten cooked, usually in curries, salads, and stews. Green papaya is used in Southeast Asian cooking, both raw and cooked.

Papaya is used to make Thai salads such as som tam and Thai curries such as kaeng som when still not fully ripe. In Indonesian cuisine, the unripe green fruits and young leaves are boiled for use as part of lalab salad, while the flower buds are sautéed and stir-fried with chillies and green tomatoes as Minahasan papaya flower vegetable dish. Papayas have a relatively high amount of pectin, which can be used to make jellies. The smell of ripe, fresh papaya flesh can strike some people as unpleasant. In Brazil, the unripe fruits are often used to make sweets or preserves.

The black seeds of the papaya are edible and have a sharp, spicy taste. They are sometimes ground and used as a substitute for black pepper.

In some parts of Asia, the young leaves of the papaya are steamed and eaten like spinach.

 

Traditional medicine

  • In some parts of the world, papaya leaves are made into tea as a treatment for malaria. Antimalarial and antiplasmodial activity has been noted in some preparations of the plant, but the mechanism is not understood and no treatment method based on these results has been scientifically proven.  In the belief that it can raise platelet levels in blood, papaya may be used as a medicine for dengue fever.

 

Skin Benefits Of Papaya:

 

  • Papaya, which is rich in so many healthy components, is best for skin, promises and works to provide you with healthy and glowing skin.

 

  • Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, this fruit helps in removing dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins.

 

  • The application of finely grounded paste of raw papaya on the face for 20 minutes helps reduce those unwanted pimples and other embarrassing blemishes on the face.

 

  • Papaya helps the skin by reducing the aging signs on the face.

 

  • Application of papaya also helps in removing skin discoloration.

 

Recipe:

The papaya peel helps in reducing and treating the signs of aging. Just rub the peel on the face after eating the papaya. Let it stay for 3-5 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Regular use offers great visible results.

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Papaya fruit is a significant source of vitamin C and folate, but otherwise has generally low content of nutrients. Papaya skin, pulp and seeds also including carotenoids and polyphenols. Papayas are a good source of vitamin A, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid and fiber. They also have B vitamins, alpha and...