Papayas are thought to have originated in southern Mexico and Central America, but are now found in tropical climates throughout the world. Papayas grow from a large, sparsely branched tree-like herb which can grow six to ten feet tall. Although technically a berry as it contains seeds, Europeans first identified papaya as “tree melons” based upon their oval shape and central seed cavity. Papaya is known to be a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber.
The product is commonly used in trail mixes and as a stand-alone snack item.