Green Papaya is harvested for its potent nutritional value
October 1 2015
Green papayas, containing the proteolytic enzymes, papain and chymopapain, that are valued for their digestive properties. At this unripe state the fruit is harvested, juiced and gently dried to produce the highly potent Green Papaya Juice Powder. It contains the alkaloid carpaine, which helps in maintaining good health and is an aid in cleansing the internal systems of the body. Green Papaya is rich in vitamin A, which is good for eye health and contains more Vitamin C than oranges, maintaining a healthy immune system. It is abundant in vitamins B and E, aiding skin health and healing. It is also high in potassium and calcium, and a good source of fiber.
Carica Papaya is a large herb reaching 20-30 ft in height. Large, segmented leaves emerge directly from the stem at its head. From short stalks scented flowers emerge producing the super fruit, papaya. It is usually melon shaped and is bright green in its unripe state. Throughout Asia this fruit is eaten green in a variety of delicious recipes. It is widely used as a digestive aid and a preparation for assisting in the healing of skin wounds, like cuts and burns. As it ripens, the thin papaya skin becomes yellow and inside the succulent flesh is aromatic, ranging from orange to various shades of salmon. It is juicy, sweetish and similar in flavor to a cantaloupe. In the center are small, black, ovoid, peppery seeds that are used in parts of Asia as a substitute for black pepper.
Food Chem Toxicol. 2008. Effect of green and ripe Carica papaya epicarp extracts on wound healing and during pregnancy. The traditional use of papaya to treat many diseases, especially skin conditions and its prohibition for consumption during pregnancy has prompted us to determine whether papaya extracts both from green and ripe fruits improve wound healing and also produce foetal toxicity. Aqueous extracts of green papaya epicarp (GPE) and ripe papaya epicarp (RPE) were applied on induced wounds on mice. GPE treatment induced complete healing in shorter periods (13 days) than that required while using RPE (17 days), sterile water (18 days) and Solcoseryl ointment (21 days). Extracts were administered orally (1 mg/g body weight/day) to pregnant mice from day 10 and onwards after conception. 3 (n=7) mice and 1 (n=6) mice given RPE and misoprostol, an abortive drug, respectively experienced embryonic resorption while this effect was observed in none of the mice given GPE (n=5) and water (n=5). The average body weight of live pups delivered by mice given GPE (1.12+/-0.04 g) was significantly lower than those delivered by mice given water (1.38+/-0.02 g).