Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world and is grown throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Papaya is mostly grown in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Philippines and South Africa.
Papaya has several nutritional benefits. It is a good source of Vitamin A and C, and beta-carotene. Papain a digestive enzyme from unripe papaya is used in the pharmaceutical industry, food processing industry, paper and adhesive industries.