The fruit is just starting to colour and should be ready for a good dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream within the next two weeks - hope Neighbour will be passing one of them along!
It is sometimes called The Fruit of Angels and I can understand why. Not only is it delicious served in many different ways, but it is also extremely healthy to eat. It is very rich in Vitamin C and carotene. Papaya contains enzymes that enable the digestion of proteins and the whitish milk from the skin serves as an excellent meat tenderiser that leaves no taste. Be careful though, if put on the meat to long before cooking, the meat will simply fall apart once cooked.
Some experts even claim that Papaya has rejuvenating and anti-aging properties, though I think it is just because it helps the digestive system to absorb nutrients more efficiently. After a course of antibiotics, Papaya will quickly restore the normal bacteria in the gut. The skin of the Papaya can also be used on wounds and I can personally testify to the healing qualities on mild burns.
All in all, Papaya is a fruit worthy of its popularity and I am looking forward to enjoying many delicious interactions with the "Fruit of the Angels" this summer.