Papayas grow in the tropical regions of the New World. They grow in southern Mexico and further south into Central and South America. Another name for the papaya is the paw paw.Know More
The papaya tree cannot tolerate frost and does best in rich soil that is full of humus and is well-drained. The papaya also needs full sun, but after these requirements are met, the tree needs little care. It's a small, evergreen, broad-leafed plant that grows to a height of about 20 feet. Since it does not produce woody tissue, some botanists believe that the papaya is a type of herb as opposed to a real tree. Male and female flowers are produced on different trees.
The papaya is grown for its fruit. The fruit is at first green, then it turns orange-yellow as it matures. The flesh is orange with pink undertones and full of small, black seeds, which are edible. The fruits can weigh up to 20 pounds, though much smaller papaya fruit is typically sold in supermarkets. The fruit is also known for an enzyme called papain, which is used as a meat tenderizer.
Besides papain, the papaya fruit is rich in nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper and dietary fiber.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Pears are grown and harvested on almost every continent of the globe. The world's largest producers of pears are Italy, China and the United States. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the most familiar pear is Pyrus communis, which grows in the temperate zone of both hemispheres.Full Answer >
Cranberries grow on trailing vines in soil composed of sand, gravel, peat and clay during the growing season, but they do not grow in water. Growers flood the crop in autumn, which enables the easy gathering of the fruit, and they flood the beds in winter to protect the plants from low temperatures.Full Answer >
Cherries grow on trees in most temperate climates, such as North America, Canada's British Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, southern Europe, and the United Kingdom. In North America and southern Europe, they ripen in June, in the U.K. and British Colombia they ripen in July to August, and in New Zealand and Australia, they ripen in December.Full Answer >
The majority of peaches grown in the United States come from California, although peaches are grown elsewhere, including Georgia, South Carolina, Washington, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New Jersey. Peach trees require soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained as well as plenty of sunlight.Full Answer >