Papaya – Fruit of the Angels

When Christopher Columbus first tasted papaya, he called it “Fruit of the Angels”.

Papaya is sweet and juicy and it offers numerous health benefits. It improves digestion, prevents heart disease, arthritis, lung disease, and eye disorders. Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin A and C and a good source of fiber and folate. It is low in calories and sodium and high in potassium. It helps to lower high cholesterol levels.

Grab a papaya fruit, remove the skin and seeds and cut it into bite size pieces. Eat as it is.

You can also make delicious Papaya Milk Shake or Papaya Halwa


  1. Anonymous

    hi kamala,
    why is papaya not allowed in pregnancy…this is practiced only in India I think. The western world and other cultures dont seem to bothered by this.
    By the way, excuse my ignorance here but have you written any cookery books etc.. ? Somehow I get this feeling that you are quite well known in the cookery world


  2. Hi Anu,
    It is not cultural issue, but temperature of the place where we live. Papaya tends to increase body heat. India is a hot place and eating food which increase the body heat is normally avoided during hot seasons, especially during pregnancy.This may be a reason for avoiding papaya.

    Moreover, as per medical research, a fully ripe papaya is not considered dangerous, however unripe papaya contains a latex substance that is believed to trigger uterine contractions and may lead to early labor or miscarriage. People in India, on the precautionary side, totally avoid papaya during pregnancy.

    By the way, I have not written any book, but I am a council member in where I give advice on cooking and other family related matters.

  3. Anonymous

    thanks for the information kamala.

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