Papaya trees produce long, sweet, and succulent fruit! Grocery store Papaya is often old and near rotten, so fresh from your own yard is always best - and trust us, it's a whole new experience. Fruit fruit can be eaten like a veggie when it's young and crisp (traditionally sliced thin and used in salads) or when it's more mature, ripe and deliciously juicy.
Papaya fruit can be very long and large, providing a tasty treat for several people. Fruit freezes well and can be used free or frozen to make smoothies, ice cream, juice, etc. The tree will start to produce sizable fruit when it reaches around 4 ft tall. Papaya's are fast growing and super low maintenance, but like all tropical plants, they must be protected from freeze.
The Papaya's leaves and seeds can also be used medicinally. Dried leaves make an excellent and nutritious tea. Papaya leaves and fruit act as an appetite stimulant and can assist in the digestion of proteins, due to the presence of the enzyme Papain. Papaya may also contain anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and anti-cancer properties.