Papayas are tropical fruits known scientifically as Carica papaya. Papayas are native to Tropical Mexico south into Central America & Northern South America. The popularity of the Papaya has made it a common sight in many tropical & subtropical gardens. The plants are short lived (about 10 years) & they grow in a treelike manner supported by a fleshy fibrous stem. The fruits are produced along the stem just below the evergreen foliage crowns. The fruit is prized for its benefits to the digestive system. Papayas are not often grafted but instead grown from seed on their own roots. Papayas are good choices for containers.
Mexican Papayas are the largest variety in both the size of fruit & the plant itself. The upright plants can grow 15 to 20 feet tall; while the fruit can weigh up to 10 lbs. The flavor of Mexican Papaya is sweet & somewhat like a Cantaloupe.