Papaya fun facts:
The papaya tree can grow from seed to a 20 foot, fruit bearing tree in less than 18 months.
Papaya is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin B.
It has beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A inside the human body.
Papaya seeds have a sharp and peppery taste, which is why they’re sometimes used as a substitute for black pepper in some countries.
It’s the only fruit that contains papain, an enzyme that has the ability to digest protein.
September is National Papaya Month.
In Thai cuisine, papaya is used to make Thai salads such as som tam and Thai curries such as kaeng som when the papaya fruit is still not fully ripe.