Papaya Fruit – Amazing Fruits of Sri Lanka You Must Try

Fruits in Sri Lanka – Papaya

Yay Papaya! If I had the option I would it this extraordinary fruit every day.

I was obsessed with this papaya fruit during my stay in Sri Lanka. We could have it as a meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, and as a snack in between. We loved it in any form and shape as fruit, juice, smoothies, and dry fruits. (a healthy form of it of course. and without sugar)

The scientific name of a Papaya fruit is Carica Papaya. It tastes really sweet. and they have this really soft texture that many people like me find really appealing. Papaya seeds are also edible, however, they taste quite bitter than the fruit itself. 

Papayas are originally from Central America. These fruits grow best in regions with abundant rain-fall.

The most common type of papaya in Sri Lanka is known as Red Lady. (Ratna in Singhalese). It is very sweet and soft and its thick creamy texture just melts in your mouth. It is available throughout the year.

You can find papaya fruits everywhere in local markets, supermarkets, and street stalls.

Above all, when you choose to buy papaya, make sure that its skin colour developed to yellow with a tinge of orange and is soft to touch. Then you’ll know it’s fully ripened.

You can also find green papaya. This ingredient is mainly used in cooking curries and stews as well as in marinating and making pickles. 

In addition, the stem and bark of papaya may be used in rope production.

Health Benefits of Papaya

Papaya is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes. As a result, it is extremely beneficial for our health. Papaya contains Lycopene it is an antioxidant that reduces the risk of developing cancers in many organs and retards the growth of the tumours.

Here are the main health benefits according to WebMD:

  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Rich in Antioxidants – Vitamins A, C and E
  • High Amount of Fibre
  • Rich in Folic Acid

Reasons to eat Papaya Fruit according to E Times:

  • Improves Eye Health
  • Aids Digestion
  • Anti Ageing
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Helps in Weight Loss
  • Better Kidney Health
  • Better Cardiovascular Health

If you want to know more about the Sapodilla Fruit in Sri Lanka, click here.


by | May 28, 2019


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