Title Info
Common name Papaya
Scientific name Carica papaya
Taxonomic group Caricaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants; Medicinals
Food plants Fruits
Date 1981
Location Fiji,Oceania

Papaya. Native to Central America, papaya trees bear fruit directly on their main stem, a characteristic known as cauliflory. In addition to eating the fruit, humans extract latex from the skin of unripe fruits. This latex contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme used in meat tenderizers, medicines, chewing gum, and cosmetics.