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Health Benefits And Beyond Within The Fruit Papaya

Updated on April 3, 2015

Papaya fruits

Papaya tree
Papaya tree

Papaya tree


I write this hub starting with the same words of Daniel Quinn "Once you learn to discern the voice of Mother Culture humming in the background, telling her story over and over again to the people of your culture, you'll never stop being conscious of it. Wherever you go for the rest of your life, you'll be tempted to stay to the people around you. How can you listen to this stuff and not recognize it for what it is? "

It is known that the direct contact with nature leads to increased health, be it spiritual, mental or physical. Many kinds of illnesses and diseases have been attacking the living nature; chemical treatments for them have become worse than the situation by itself. I have seen throughout time that prevention is a more effective strategy than treating a sick body where other health conditions arise with a specific treatment.

Nature nourishes nature; that is why the regular consumption of natural foods like fruits and vegetables is associated with the reduction of disease risks. The effects that natural foods have interacting with the body bring productive life benefits. We eat not only to fill our stomachs, but to give essential nutrients needed like vitamins, minerals, and fiber to stay alive, healthy and sane.

The papaya fruit

I chose the papaya fruit for this hub, because it is becoming part of our diet gear toward a healthy way of eating, as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food. Froggy213 included in our garden a papaya tree. The picture to the right is his proud papaya tree growing.

Papaya is a tropical fruit that is popular here in Puerto Rico as in many other countries. The taste is sweet with a soft texture. It has an oval shape (like a large pear), yellow orange skin, black seeds and a pulp or red meat.

It is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. I will mention some benefits, remedies and a recipe that you can enjoy from the papaya fruit.

Papaya fruit


Nutrients within the papaya fruit

Is it said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? We cannot have an apple garden in the tropical climate, but we can buy a papaya or better, have them from our own tree or even from a tablet; the doctor will be kept away because it is loaded with nutrients such as:

  1. Vitamin C (even more than oranges, lemons or grapefruit).
  2. Vitamin A and B complex
  3. Potassium
  4. Magnesium
  5. Folic acid
  6. Small amounts of calcium and iron
  7. Beta carotene

papaya cream
papaya cream

Health benefits within the papaya fruit

The papaya fruit is used for many conditions from eating it directly, drinking a warm tea, applying creams, to swallowing a tablet,

  1. Helps with constipation
  2. Parasites
  3. Heavy digestions
  4. In lotion against varicose veins
  5. Skin masks
  6. Cleanser
  7. Boosts male virility
  8. Prevents premature aging
  9. Prevents heart attacks and strokes
  10. Treats inflammation


Recipe with the papaya fruit

The papaya fruit flavor is so unique that it is very popular when time to develop desserts, juices, yogurts, fruit salads, ice cream, etc. Here I include one of my favorite recipes for your delight.


  1. 1 large papaya
  2. 3 cinnamon sticks
  3. 1 1/2 lbs of sugar


  1. Peel the papaya
  2. Cut the flesh in the form of slices or chips and throw the seeds
  3. Place in large pot of water
  4. Put on high heat to boiling then reduce heat to medium
  5. Drain and add clean water and cinnamon
  6. Cook over medium heat for 2 hours
  7. Drain leaving approximately 2 cups of water. Add the sugar
  8. Simmer uncovered over medium heat until it becomes crystal clear and the sugar becomes thick as syrup
  9. Remove from heat and let cool in the fridge
  10. Serve as a dessert or snack with cheese...mmmm yummy!!!

Puerto Rican papaya sweet (Dulce de lechosa)



I hope you find in the papaya fruit the same treasure or even more benefits than we have. When you try it, let me know your findings.

Talking about nature, vegetables and fruits, do you know why potatoes make good detectives?

Because they keep their eyes peeled.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

How To Make A Papaya Smoothie Puerto Rican Style

© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      rsusan I want to be in Africa! You are lucky to be there. Let's see if we could send you some leaves or take them with us; hope God makes that trip soon. Hugs!

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      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      No, I haven't, Lastheart. Didn't know about this! Sounds interesting. But unfortunately we don't have access to leaves. We only get the fruit in shops. Papayas don't grow around here. You are lucky to be able to make use of the leaves as well!


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      rsusan have you tried the leaves, because they are good in teas.

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      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I love eating papaya, Lastheart! It is also very useful in my juicing recipes. All these wonderful orange/yellow fruits and veggies are packed with such goodness.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Froggy213 your papaya's will grow. ladyfountain1, that is the attitude! gmmurgirl, I like the way you call it "humble fruit"; enjoy the nutrients! mary615, We are ok, thanks! Hope you are also well and that you keep eating papaya fruit.

      Blessings to all and thanks for your comments.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I ate a lot of Papaya when I was in Puerto Rico. It isn't very popular here where I live, but I like it very much! Hope all is well with you in PR!

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      Shan Moore 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I've always loved this humble fruit which is widely available in my locality. I never thought it is packed with such nutrients, All I know is that is is a sweet and refreshing treat on hot summer days. Thanks for the info!

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      7 years ago

      I am not a papaya eater, but I am willing to try it. Great information.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Well until the fruit comes off the tree, I need some papaya. Mmmmm, good, lets make a papaya shake, but we need a papaya.


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