The Papaya Tree ... Growing in Hawaii

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Patrick J. Lambert Realtor/Salesperson Century 21 All Islands 808-937-1188

The Papaya Tree

If you have ever been in Hawaii then you have seen a Papaya Tree. They are everywhere. While, I find them completely useless aside from being the best birdfeeder, many people find lots of uses for this (in my opinion) tasteless fruit... especially medically.

  • The mature (ripe) fruit treats ringworm, green fruits treat high blood pressure, and are used as an aphrodisiac.
  • The fruit can be directly applied topically to skin sores 
  • The juice of the fruit (specifically the enzymes within it) are used to reduce gastrointestinal gas, useful to sufferers of IBS.
  • The seeds are anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, and analgesic, and they are used to treat stomachache and fungal infections
  • The leaves are used as a heart tonic, analgesic, and to treat stomachache
  • The roots are used as an analgesic

Next time you buy a papaya save few seeds for planting. Choose dark, unblemished seeds. Simply plant the seed in soil and it takes about 8 months to actually have fruit start to grow.


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Kristina Pratt
St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners - Edwardsville, IL

That's interesting, Patrick.  I didn't realize that the papaya was so versitile.

Aug 23, 2008 11:37 AM #1
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