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Papaya fruit. Carica papaya

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  • Greve Gabi
    *Papaya* in India and Yemen *................................................... The INDIA SAIJIKI* http://indiasaijikiworlkhaiku.blogspot.com/
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 16, 2010

      Papaya in India and Yemen

      ................................................... The INDIA SAIJIKI




      ***** Location: India
      ***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
      ***** Category: Plant


      Papaya. Carica papaya

      The papaya, also known as mamão, tree melon, fruta bomba, lechosa (Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic), or pawpaw is the fruit of the tree Carica papaya, in the genus Carica.

      It is a small unbranched tree, the single stem growing to 5-10 m tall, with the spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk; the lower trunk is conspicuously scarred with the leaf scars of where older leaves and fruit were borne. The leaves are large, 50-70 cm diameter, deeply palmately lobed with 7 lobes. The flowers are produced in the axils of the leaves, maturing into the large 15-45 cm long, 10-30 cm diameter fruit. The fruit is ripe when it feels soft (like a ripe avocado or a bit softer) and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue.

      Originally from southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America, the papaya is now cultivated in most countries with a tropical climate like India and the Philippines.

      The primary use of the papaya is as an edible fruit. It is usually eaten raw, without the skin or seeds. The unripe green fruit of papaya can be eaten cooked usually in curries, salads and stews.

      Women in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka and other parts of the world have long used papaya as a folk remedy for contraception and abortion. Medical research in animals has confirmed the contraceptive and abortifacient capability of papaya, and also found that papaya has contraceptive effects in men as well.[1] Unripe papaya is especially effective, in large amounts or high doses. Papaya is not teratogenic and will not cause miscarriage in small, ripe amounts. Phytochemicals in papaya may suppress the effects of progesterone. [2]

      The black seeds are edible, and have a sharp, spicy taste. They are sometimes ground up and used as a substitute for black pepper. In some parts of Asia the young leaves of papaya are steamed and eaten like spinach.

      © From Wikipedia


      Worldwide use


      Papaya tree leaves
      kigo for autumn

      The leaves begin to color and fall.

      O, dare me to race! Yellow paw paw leaf landing on a donkey cart
      ~ ~ ~
      pawpaw leaf -- today the sleeping guard dog wears two hats
      ~ ~ ~
      begone you worm! golden sparkles on the ground.. papaya leaf

      Heike Gewi, Yemen, May 2008

      Things found on the way


      now what?
      the papaya tree has reached
      the cement awnin

      sleeping dog
      a crow widens the hole
      in the papaya

      medley of frogs
      a drenched crow
      in the papaya tree

      - Johannes Manjrekar, India, 2006


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