Fruits in Sri Lanka – Papaya

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

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

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 everywhere in local markets, supermarkets and street stalls.

When you choose papaya to buy make sure that its skin colour developed to yellow with a tinge of orange and soft to touch, then you know it’s fully ripened.

You can also find green papaya and it’s mainly used in cooking such as curries and stews as well as in marinating and making pickles. 

Did you know that the stem and bark of papaya may be used in rope production?

Health Benefits of Papaya

Papaya is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes and 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 highlighted by Dr. Nirmala M. Pieris

Health Benefits of Papaya

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19468947 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25526570 http://www.sundaytimes.lk/170219/mediscene/the-power-of-papaya-228942.html