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What is the difference between a paw paw and a papaya?


There are two types of papayas, Hawaiian and Mexican. The Hawaiian varieties are the papayas commonly found in supermarkets. These pear-shaped fruit generally weigh about 1 pound and have yellow skin when ripe. The flesh is bright orange or pinkish, depending on variety, with small black seeds clustered in the center. Hawaiian papayas are easier to harvest because the plants seldom grow taller than 8 feet. Mexican papayas are much larger the the Hawaiian types and may weigh up to 10 pounds and be more than 15 inches long. The flesh may be yellow, orange or pink. The flavor is less intense than that the Hawaiian papaya but still is delicious and extremely enjoyable. They are slightly easier to grow than Hawaiian papayas. A properly ripened papaya is juicy, sweetish and somewhat like a cantaloupe in flavor, although musky in some types. The fruit (and leaves) contain papain which helps digestion and is used to tenderize meat. The edible seeds have a spicy flavor somewhat reminiscent of b

The pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to America. Individual fruits weigh 5 to 16 ounces and are 3 to 6 inches in length. The larger sizes will appear plump, similar to the mango. The fruit usually has 10 to 14 seeds in two rows. The brownish to blackish seeds are shaped like lima beans, with a length of 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches. Pawpaw fruits often occur as clusters of up to nine individual fruits. The ripe fruit is soft and thin skinned.
43 mths ago

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the spelling and pronunciation LOL

43 mths ago

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LOL - thought it was the same thing! Isnt one round and one oval!

43 mths ago

It is one and the same most delicious fruit. Papaja is usually used in the Afrikaans language. The English....the ones I know just say plain old Paw-Paw.

43 mths ago

Paw Paw's are larger and have many pips...Papaya are smaller with hardly any pips !

43 mths ago

Same thing. There are many many varieties of Papaya / paw paw.....and l have never heard the word pawpaw in England...took me 10years to find one..let alone teach people what to call it. I know that Papaya is the Spanish word for the fruit which originally comes from Mexico!! The skins of this vitamin rich fruit can be used as wound dressings also as meat tenderisers(don't use the same bits you put on your wounds) and the flesh of the fruit is very beneficial to people who are healing after any operation involving the skin..burns, skin removal, surgeons knife stuff....So enjoy those pawpaws...a little one as big as a tennis ball costs me close to R35.

43 mths ago

For us, and most other people on Earth they are one and the same. However to North Americans the Pawpaw is an entirely different fruit related to the custard apple and ylang-ylang!!

43 mths ago

As far as I know absolutely nothing. Both taste horrible.

43 mths ago

I do not know the difference, but I know a Papino is the small variety with almost no pips inside. They are very sweet and very juicy. I think the bigger ones go bitter after a while if not eaten immediately after peeling it.

43 mths ago

They're one and the same.

43 mths ago

Papino-pink flesh - Paw Paw - Yellow flesh, black pips...I think the paw paw is the nicest of the two. We used to sell plenty for Anglo American Farms, before the floods in Mozambique, devastated most of the paw paw trees in the area...quite a few years ago....

43 mths ago

I have been educated..thank you (delicious fruit....was raised on it)

43 mths ago

Only the spelling.

43 mths ago

i also tought pawpaw is english and papaja is afrikaans and thats why i tought its the same thing just in 2diffrent languages ;-)

43 mths ago

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