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
Tarantulas.com explains that chameleons eat a variety of fruits, including apples, strawberries, mangoes, papayas and raspberries. Chameleons also eat vegetables such as carrots and squash as well leafy greens, such as kale, romaine and endive. Dandelions and hibiscus flowers are also food sources for chameleons.Full Answer >
Avocados can be ripened by microwaving, though this is not recommended. Remove or puncture the peel and take out the pit. Then microwave for 30 seconds. If the avocado is still not soft, continue the process for 30-second intervals until it softens. Following this process, however, the avocado will not have proper taste or consistency.Full Answer >
The fastest way to ripen an avocado is to place the fruit in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana and set it in a sunny area. The warmth of the sun and the ethylene gas produced by the apple or banana help accelerate the ripening process.Full Answer >
Sugar beets are safe and nutritious to eat. Beets are often cooked before eating, but are safe to eat raw. They can be eaten boiled, baked, steamed, fried or grilled. For highest nutritional value, leave the peel on while cooking, then rub the peel off under cold running water.Full Answer >