Named “fruit of the angels,” by Christopher Columbus, the papaya, combines delicious fleshy fruit with the health benefits of vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, potassium and vitamin E. This tropical delight is sure to please.
Papaya trees can be container grown; so just plant it in a pot if you live in a colder area and bring it indoors for the winter months. All of your guests over the winter will be delighted by seeing such a unique tree
growing in your sun room or living room. When the temperatures began to warm up, place it back outside in the hot summer sun.
This exotic plant can grow up to 15 feet when mature and is right warm to hot temperatures (70°F-90°F) and enjoys most types of well-drained. It prefers full sunlight, which will ensure the healthiest growth and maximum fruit production. Trees are male, female and bisexual, so having several trees will increase your chances of producing a bountiful harvest. Fruit yields can vary from 60 to 80 pounds depending on the size of the tree.
The low-maintenance papaya does not need pruning and will provide you with luscious fruit that can grow up to 20 inches in length. The fruit has a thick green skin that ripens to gold. Inside the soft flesh is bright orange and the center of the fruit is packed with black seeds.
The juicy fruit has a musky aroma and a sweet and succulent taste. Even the peppery-flavored seeds are edible. Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Papaya is delicious straight from the tree and can also be made into drinks, jellies, pastes and desserts dried or candied.