Happy Papaya Month!

19 Jun
Written by Khyesha Brooks

June is national Papaya month! Puerto Rico has a HUGE part in commercial farming for this tropical fruit. There’s a wide variety of fruit that grow there like star fruit, coconut, guava, pineapple, and mangos. All across the island are small areas designated for farming. The gold areas on the following map represent these farming areas

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What is Papaya?

Papaya is grown on an herb in not only in Puerto Rico but also Southern Mexico, Central America, and Hawaii. They have green skin and the orange inside hides black seeds that almost resemble fish eggs. The taste is said to be like a mixture of mango and peaches. They’re a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium, and antioxidants! They also contain an enzyme called PAPAIN that helps with digestion. Because of the vitamin C and the Lycopene that is found inside Papaya, they are a heart healthy food and give your skin that natural glow! Did I mention that they have anticancer properties?! Once again, we can thank the Lycopene and the traces of antioxidants.

Source: healthline.com

Puerto Rico is a part of something larger. The Caribbean Produce Exchange has been in business for 60 years and it’s the largest produce distributor in Puerto Rico. The graph below shows how the production and distribution of this fruit has grown over the years.

Source: tilasto.com

Papaya isn’t just a good source of vitamin C. This fruit and many others help the economy go round and gives locals jobs. Next time you eat papaya or other fruit, think to yourself and wonder who devoted their time to growing and picking these delicious treasures! From Kayifi to you, Happy Papaya Month!

Source: apnews.com
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