Papaya (fruit)

Papaya is the fruit of the papaya tree, Carica papaya, native to tropical Central America 1. Papayas are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and a source of dietary fiber, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate and potassium 2. Many of these nutrients have antioxidant activities.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Ensminger AH, Ensminger ME, Konlande JE, Robson JRK. The Concise Encyclopedia of Foods and Nutrition. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 1995.