This giant herbaceous (Carica papaya) plant is very fast growing, bearing flowers and then fruit within a
year of planting. Cultivated in most tropical countries, the ripe fruit is usually eaten raw and the unripe green fruit cooked in curries and stews. Papaya is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin B. It has betacarotene, which turns into vitamin A inside the human body. The fruit is high in pectin, meaning it can be used to make jellies.