Yes! That's a papaya fruit. Can you believe the size of it? My very first one! It was harvested from a tree my mother in law planted in my back yard just under a year ago.
More Than Just a Pretty Food
Of course, the best way to use papaya is to eat it. Ripe papayas are cut in half. After the seeds are scooped out the tender yellow to orange flesh may be removed with a spoon. Green, or unripe, papayas may be cooked like winter squash.
The skin of the ripe papaya is not edible but can be refrigerated and later used to as a face wash.
The fibrous bark of the Papaya Tree is used to produce ropes.
Benefits of Papaya
Antioxidants, especially vitamins A and C, in the papaya prevent a number of health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, aging and cancer. Vitamin A can prevent blindness and other eye problems, and ensures a healthy skin. It is an effective remedy for dry skin, pimples and acne.
The papaya helps to maintain the levels of blood glucose, thus ensuring a steady supply of glucose and high levels of energy all day.