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Papaya, also known as Carica papaya or Caricae papayae, is a shrub native to Central America, now widespread in all countries with tropical climates. It looks like a palm-like tree, up to 9-10 meters high. It belongs to the Caricaceae family. The leaves, large, we said, are very similar to palm trees. The flowers, arranged under the leaves, have white petals. The main characteristic of papaya are the fruits, very large and heavy and very similar to melon, with colors ranging from green, to yellow, to orange. For the precious substances contained in the pulp and juice, papaya is exported all over the world for food use. The fruits used in cooking, however, are smaller and weigh a maximum of one kilo, although in nature they are larger and weigh up to nine kilograms. The standard dimensions for marketing, allow a greater conservation of the fruits and avoid their deterioration. Papaya prefers warm climates, although it adapts to any kind of soil. The important thing is not to grow it at cold temperatures that would cause it to rot. Papaya is not only renowned for its fruit, but also for its properties. In fact, it was used by the sailors who accompanied Marco Polo on his voyages, to avoid falling ill with scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin deficiencies. Papaya extracts are currently used in hospitals in poor countries to treat wounds and avoid necrosis. The parts of the papaya used for medicinal purposes are different, including the leaves, roots and fruit juice.


Papaya has no slimming effects, as one might mistakenly believe, but only digestive. The extracts of this plant, in fact, help difficult digestion in cases where too many protein foods have been taken, which increase the waste materials within our body. For this reason, this plant also has purifying effects. Its properties depend on important active ingredients, including a mixture of enzymes that contain papain, a substance with a proteolytic effect, that is, which dissolves and digests proteins. Furthermore, the fruit is very rich in vitamin C, it contains more than oranges and kiwis. Also present are flavonoids, trace elements and antioxidants such as provitamin A and beta-carotene which increase the body's alkalinity by preventing the formation of free radicals, responsible for cellular aging. Raw papain is extracted from the latex obtained by incising the ripening fruit. The latex is then coagulated, dried and pulverized. The leaves, on the other hand, which are used in gastrointestinal disorders, such as flatulence, dyspepsia and in parasitic infections in the stomach, are collected before the fruiting of the plant. After, in fact, it would no longer be possible to use them, because these, in the lower part, fall immediately after the birth of the fruits that ripen with full sun exposure. The papaya seed extract has also been the subject of fertility studies and it seems that on animals it caused the reduction or even the elimination of spermatogenesis. Further studies were done on the root extract which revealed diuretic effects on some mice by increasing the amount of urine emitted. Papaya seed extracts also appear to have abortive effects also found in studies on rats that have been given very high dosages of these substances.

How to use

To exert its beneficial effects, papaya must be taken according to a precise dosage. For food use it is sufficient to simply buy and consume the pulp of the fruit. For medicinal uses, however, there are different "pharmaceutical" forms based on papaya extracts. The main herbal form of papaya is fermented papaya extract which is obtained by subjecting the whole fruit (including seeds) to a fermentation process in a liquid substance, where yeasts are inoculated. After a few months the fermented mixture is dried and pulverized, forming the fermented papaya extract which is attributed antioxidant and immune-boosting properties, so much so that there was also a debate on the possibility that fermented papaya-based products could prove to be useful for treating AIDS. But there are no certain studies, so apart from the news circulated in the press years ago, there is nothing verified, except that fermented papaya is only a food supplement. Fermented papaya extract is sold in capsule form. The recommended dose is 3, 4 capsules a day, to be taken with plenty of water, after main meals.

Papaya: Cost of products

Papaya extracts can be bought in pharmacies, herbalists, parapharmacies and online sites. Prices for the same type of product may vary both according to the manufacturer and the purchasing channel. A pack of 60 capsules of 450 mg each, with fermented papaya extract, costs 19 euros.

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It's summertime, and the eating is easy and light. It's too hot for ovens, stoves, and heavy dressings and sauces. Cold food reigns supreme. Yes, we're talking salads. But not all are limited to sides and diet-conscious duty - some are meant to be stars. Fresh produce is highlighted with hunks of meat, fruit, nuts, and other treats that make salads all they are tossed up to be.

What follows are the ten best, most unusual, and unbelievably hearty salads that will have you overlooking that hot and heavy entrée.

10. Deconstructed Caesar at Fish Fish

If your regular caesar salad is just a bit too bland, try Fish Fish's deconstructed masterpiece ($ 12). The romaine lettuce is grilled and served with a thick piece of toast in lieu of croutons. Shaved cheese tops the salad, and anchovies are off to the side along with creamy classic dressing. Cut this salad up and reconstruct it where it counts - in your mouth.

9. Special Green Papaya Salad at Green Papaya

The special green papaya salad ($ 7.95) at Green Papaya is worthy of the word "special" in the title. It's a must-order dish. However, we have yet to settle on the correct choice of meat to top it with - the pork, shrimp, and chicken are all strong contenders. The fragrance and fresh flavor of the sweet green papaya, fish sauce, mint, carrots, jícama, red onion, peanuts, lime, cilantro, and the highly addictive fried shallots steal the show.

8. Multiple Salads From Giardino Gourmet Salads

This home-grown salad franchise with eight locations in Miami is a favorite for its crisp lettuce, thoughtful combinations, and tasty toss-ins mixed in front of your eyes. The Country Cobb ($ 6.95 for a small) proved victorious in our Plato Royal showdown against a national competitor. Another favorite is Giardino's tropical salad, featuring mixed dried fruits and mixed nuts in a sweet and peppy mango poppy seed dressing. Also, the homemade croutons turn every salad into a winner.

7. Falafel Salad at Maoz

When you can't be trusted at salad bars to keep the scale from tipping over the $ 12 mark, Maoz comes to the rescue. This international vegetarian fast-service chain is refreshing. Right in the heart of South Beach, it serves filling and healthful lunches that won't leave you broke. Fluffy falafels are placed in a salad ($ 7.95) with your choice of two add-ons (such as hummus, feta, hard-boiled egg, and eggplant), and then you get a visit to the free salad bar, where you can top to your palate's content. Cauliflower and broccoli are favorites then squirt on some hot sauce, yogurt, or garlic sauce to make it your own.

6. House Fruit Salad at Miami Juice

A fruit salad may seem like a simple dish you bring to a potluck, but when it's well executed, it can be so much more - it can be glorious. The house fruit salad ($ 6.95 for small, $ 12.95 for a large) at Miami Juice uses a bounty of the freshest seasonal fruits topped with honey, shredded coconut, mixed nuts and seeds, and even dried fruit to get it all meta.

5. Shrimp Mini Salad at Go-Go Fresh Food Cafe

If jumbo shrimp is an oxymoron, then a mini shrimp salad ($ 6.70) seems pretty smart. In fact, so smart that we are willing to brave the road construction canker on Alton to reach this go-to café. Go-Go Fresh offers a build-your-own big salad, but this time-tested crustacean creation is a favorite. It showcases steamed shrimp, green peas, palm hearts, and mixed greens in a cilantro-lime dressing for a fresh, flavorful, and zesty combination.

4. Big Salad at Mi Vida Cafe

Blame Seinfeld's Elaine Benes. We always want a big salad - something to leave us full from a bowl we can't stopping digging out of. Along with positive vibes and a cell-phone-free atmosphere, Mi Vida offers just that. The big salad ($ 12) is served with whatever is in season and in the fridge, but you can expect sprouts, arugula, avocado, and seeds in a light ginger and shallots vinaigrette. The scoop of creamy avocado with sesame seeds on top is like a savory version of sorbet with rainbow sprinkles.

3. Lanbi Pike Nan Ji Sitwon at Tap Tap

There was a time when a scoop of tuna salad on a garden salad was the ideal lunch. In Miami, we can get a far better version of that elementary dish with South Beach mainstay Tap Tap's spicy marinated conch salad. The minced onion, celery, conch, peppers, and lime is bold, and the crisp bed of lettuce helps cut the spicy heat. At this Haitian hot spot, the refreshing dish banishes the heat of a sweltering summer night.

2. Fried Green Tomato Salad at Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering

There's no question - fried green tomatoes are worthy of a feature-length movie. At Whisk, these firm green fruits are offered as an appetizer or in a salad ($ 8.95). The golden disks of wonder come served with crumbled bacon bits and shaved Parmesan in an herb-perked buttermilk dressing over organic mixed greens. This is how the South does salad, and it is awesome.

1. Salada Little Brazil at Little Brazil

Brazil is many things, but little it is not - and neither is this enormous salad ($ 14.95). It comes with the mightiest of players: sausage, prawns, and palm hearts. The bits of linguiça sausage - Brazilian sausage packed with juicy pork and a mild touch of heat - burst at the seams atop a bed of lettuce. The juices of the succulent shrimp, sautéed in a garlic, white wine, lemon, and butter sauce, seeps onto the lettuce, tomato, carrots, and palm hearts. This salad may not be light, but it is massive and utterly delicious.

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Papaya - Seasonal Feminized

Papaya feminized seeds by Nirvana.

Thanks to her indica and sativa heritage, she stays short in the vegetative phase and stretches a little after flowering, making her a perfect medium-sized plant for those with limited growing space. Papaya is a beauty that expresses itself during flowering, with pistils that ripen to a hypnotic orange color. It will stand out in your garden, expressing its hybrid vigor and a range of beautiful colors.

THC levels are 13-18%, making it a great choice for smokers with a low tolerance and for those who want a strain to smoke throughout the day. Yields can reach 350-450g / m² when grown in a Sea of ​​Green where she produces light and airy buds that drip trichomes.

Her high is a pleasant blend of cerebral and physical, making her one of the best strains to grow for daytime smoking. At first the high is clear-headed, concentrated and energetic, followed by a slight physical effect that is neither overwhelming nor soporific. Papaya is a great way to start the day when enjoyed with a fruit smoothie!

The flavor is deep and reminiscent of fresh fruit and spices. A pleasantly complex and long-lasting flavor, accompanied by a positive and glossy effect that is ideal for social scenarios and to enjoy the balanced effects throughout the day.

The best aspect of this strain is the flavor, it will certainly become a favorite of those who appreciate cannabis with tropical, exotic and fruity flavors. A majestic lady who reveals her true beauty during flowering.

Characteristics of Papaya

Genetics: Jock Horror x Skunk # 1

Flowering time: 9-10 weeks

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