Papaya is common man's fruit in Kerala. Papaya fruit is very tasty. Ripe papaya is a medicine for intestinal worms. This fruit is good for ulcer patients . It is rich with vitamins A and C. It can be found every where in Kerala. This can be grown easily in our garden. The plant has no power to withstand the wind during monsoon season. It helps digestion. It is the natural source of Papain, which is a natural digestive aid.
Common dishes with papaya are Thoran, Erissery and Aviyal. Papaya fruit is also used to make jam and juice.
Its also called as papparakka, kappanga, omakka, kappalanga and pappakka.
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