Learn About Our Bulk Papaya
Papayas are sweet, fibrous fruit that are soft orange in color, oblong in shape, and wealthy in nutrients. Belonging to the genus Carica in the Caricaceae family, papayas are often confused with a close relative of their species called ‘pawpaws,’ which feature a wider, more circular shape and hold yellow or whitish fruit inside.
Specifically, papayas are native to the tropical areas nearing the equator. Including Mexico and regions of Central America and northern parts of South America. Ironically though, the lead producer of papayas is India. A fun fact about papayas is that their tree bark is so fibrous and strong it can be used to make rope.
Naturally high in soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes, the health benefits of papaya are plentiful. Papaya fruit is also packed with phytochemicals that mimic antioxidants to keep cancer at bay. Additionally, papayas are rich in folate – a vitamin that helps with cell division and DNA synthesis, which is why folate is especially important in the diets of pregnant women.
Papaya For Smooth Digestion
Fiber plays a key role in digestive maintenance and is arguably the best combatant against constipation. Naturally, papayas have both soluble and insoluble fiber that support nutrient absorption and keep things running smoothly.
Papayas also contain a powerful proteolytic enzyme called ‘papain’ that aids digestion by breaking down proteins, fats, and sugars that otherwise bind together, causing intestinal discomfort and sluggishness.
Papaya For Healthy Eyes and Immune Strength
Along with beta carotene – known for its excess presence in carrots – vitamin A in papaya is also a fundamental nutrient for healthy eyes. Vitamin A protects the outer surface of the eye called the ‘cornea’ and contributes to good vision.
Likewise, papayas also provide a wealth of vitamin C. Which is believed to support the immune system from infections.
Culinary Uses of Bulk Papaya
A perk to buying papaya in bulk is all the options at your creative disposal. Papaya is a great substitute for unhealthy sweets and works well when added to baked goods and breakfast dishes. We recommend pairing papaya with pineapple as the two flavors seem to naturally compliment each other. Here are some other ideas to get the most out of this delicious fruit.
- Enjoy natural papaya spears or papaya chunks alone as a nutritional alternative to processed sweets
- Incorporate them into a mix of other dried fruits and nuts
- Chop papaya chunks into small pieces and throw them into muffin or scone batter for a delightful texture and sweetness
- Add them to oatmeal or yogurt to give your breakfast a tropical flair.
Storage and Shelf Life
Store our bulk papaya chunks and natural papaya spears in a cool, dark pantry or refrigerator for six to twelve months. Should you freeze them, they will stay fresh for up to eighteen months.