Carica Papaya belongs to the family Caricaceae and is native to the tropics of the Americas. The papaya tree is actually a large herb, growing at the rate of two metres in the first year and reaching six to nine metres in height.
At Skybury, a sweet aromatic red and a firm fleshed red variety of papaya is grown, which is ideally suited to the Tropical Atherton Tablelands climate.
Skybury was the first commercial plantation to introduce the larger red varieties to the Australian market and today, has grown to become the country's largest producer, picking over two million pieces of fruit per annum and supplying on average of around 50% of all the fruit domestically.
Skybury's fruit is picked from the trees when they first show colour, this ensures maximum natural sweetness and taste. A Skybury papaya is known for having the most delicious taste.
Not only does Skybury's papaya taste good, it is also very nutritious with more vitamins and minerals than most multivitamin tablets. It has more vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana, and it is good for young and old, sporting people and anyone looking for a balanced meal during the day.
This papaya has a very sweet (considerably more than other papaya brands) aromatic flesh and slightly perfumed taste.
Eat this papaya with a dash of lemon or lime juice, scoop out with a spoon or fill the cavity with ice cream for a great dessert. See recipe for Papaya Smoothie and Crème de Papaya pudding.
When not eating papaya in a fruit salad, our favorite way to eat papaya is as a pudding (crème de papaya).
If you wish to purchase Skybury Papaya, ask you grocer or supermarket to source our papaya from the central markets in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. Remember, ask for the Skybury brand!
|Per 100g (3.5oz) Serve Of Sweet Red Papaya||% Of Daily Requirement|
|Energy||40 kcal (160 kJ)||-|
|Carbohydrates - Sugars||5.90 g||-|
|Dietary Fibre||1.8 g||-|
|Vitamin A (equiv.)||55 µg||6%|
|Thiamine (Vitamin B1)||0.04 mg||3%|
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)||0.05 mg||3%|
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)||0.338 mg||2%|
|Vitamin B6||0.1 mg||8%|
|Vitamin C||61.8 mg||103%|