Papaya Spears - (Raw, Organic, Sun-Dried)

$26.00

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.

Papayas are spherical or pear-shaped fruits that can be as long as 20". The ones commonly found in the market usually average about 7 inches and weigh about one pound. Their flesh is a rich orange color with either yellow or pink hues. Inside the inner cavity of the fruit are black, round seeds encased in a gelatinous-like substance.

Papaya's seeds are edible, although their peppery flavor is somewhat bitter. The fruit, as well as the other parts of the papaya tree, contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Papain, which can break down the tough protein chains found in muscle meat. Because of this, people have used papaya to tenderize their meat for thousands of years.

This enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe, so eating papaya before it’s fully ripped may offer more benefits. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and is also used as an ingredient in some chewing gums.

Product of Sri Lanka

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per

 

100 grams

Calories 43

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.3 g

0%

Saturated fat 0.1 g

0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

0%

Sodium 8 mg

0%

Potassium 182 mg

5%

Total Carbohydrate 11 g

3%

Dietary fiber 1.7 g

6%

Sugar 8 g

Protein 0.5 g

1%

 

Vitamin A

19%

Vitamin C

101%

Calcium

2%

Iron

1%

Vitamin D

0%

Vitamin B-6

0%

Vitamin B-12

0%

Magnesium

5%

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

 

Some Health Benefits of Papayas

- Lowers cholesterol. Papaya is rich in fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent cholesterol build up in your arteries

- Helps in weight loss

- Boosts your immunity

- Good for diabetics

- Great for your eyes

- Protects against arthritis

- Improves digestion


     

    1 lb bag