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American Pawpaw


Introduction of American Pawpaw fruit


            Scientific name - Carica papaya


Pawpaw trees are the widest edible fruit trees that belong to North America. This tree produces the enchanting Pawpaw which is a mix of green and black. This fruit is generally confused with the papaya and custard apple.


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Having a forest origin, this fruit is a queer mix of mango, citrus and banana taste. It is easy to cultivate. This fruit has bean-sized seeds and is cultivated wildly in 26 American states.

When you consume this fruit, you have to take the skin, slurp the pulp and then spit out the seeds. But again, they can also be used in breads, and sometimes as a substitute for bananas and mangos.

These distinct fruits are enjoyed by the American for centuries. But the question is: are they still relevant? Well, there is somewhat an awareness of this fruit nowadays.

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These fruits consist of a short shelf life However, if you don't want to give up on this tasty fruit you can hunt in the woods thoroughly and pick the ripe ones. The flesh found inside the pawpaw is totally too soft.

In the current scenario, it is difficult to see this fruit in commercial markets. However, it is learnt that the domestication process is in full swing.

You get a pungent aroma out of this fruit. It is learnt that the American Indian cultivated this fruit.

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Nutritional Value of American Pawpaw



Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 43 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 10.82 g 8%
Protein 0.47 g 1%
Total Fat 0.26 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.70 g 4%
Vitamins
Folates 37 g 9%
Niacin 0.338 mg 2%
Pantothenic acid 0.218 mg 4%
Pyridoxine 0.038 mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.027 mg 2%
Thiamin 0.023 mg 2%
Vitamin A 950 IU 32%
Vitamin C 60.9 mg 102%
Vitamin E 0.30 mg 2%
Vitamin K 2.6 µg 2%
Electrolytes
Sodium 8 mg 0.5%
Potassium 182 mg 4%
Minerals
Calcium 20 mg 2%
Iron 0.25 mg 3%
Magnesium 21 mg 5%
Phosphorus 10 mg 1%
Zinc 0.08 mg 0.5%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene- 276 g --
Crypto-xanthin- 761 g --
Lutein-zeaxanthin 75 g --

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Health Benefits of American Pawpaw fruit

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arrowThe powerful Anti-Cancer Plant.


arrowIt Protects Against Skin Damage.


arrowAntioxidants in Papaya.


arrowImproves digestion.



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