Common Name: Papaya
Scientific Name: Carica papaya
Family Name: Caricaceae
The fruit can be eaten as is after removing the skin of the fruit. It can be put in a fruit salad with some avocado and grapefruit. It is also grilled and some even put it with black bean salsa and eaten with chicken or fish.
The papaya has a wide range of purported medicinal properties for treatment of diabetes, as birth control, as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, or diuretic, to control parasites, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. But all these claims have limited data about them.