Papayas are a nutritional giant among fruits. The brightly hued flesh – salmon, pink, bright orange or canary yellow – forms an eye-popping contrast to the shimmery black seeds that fill the core. The flesh contains an impressive combination of vitamins and phytochemicals, plus high amounts of pectin fiber.
One cup of raw diced papaya contains only 55 calories while providing 144 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C and 31 percent of vitamin A. It also contains high amounts of folates, about 15 percent of your daily needs are in one small papaya.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy papaya is in fruit-based salsa. Papaya’s flavor profile is low in acidity and benefits greatly from the fresh lime juice in the salsa’s ingredient list.
Source: “50 Best Plants on the Planet” by Cathy Thomas