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Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is a plant that belongs to the Caricaceae family. It’s a small tree with few branches, with a stem that grows to be about anywhere from 5-10 meters tall. It’s native to Central America and has been used throughout the Americas for many centuries. In present day, it’s also cultivated in other countries of other continents, mostly in Asia and Africa. The natives of Mexico called it "Chichihualtzapotl" in their language or rather "sweet fruit of the wet nurse”, which refers to fertility. Its fruit has a delicate texture, an oblong shape and a green, yellow or orange color. It is eaten mostly in Latin America, Thailand and the Philippines. Papaya fruit helps digestive function, strengthens the body's immune system and has antioxidant properties.