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The papaya is the round, yellow fruit of the tropical American tree, Carica papaya. This nutritious fruit is a highly concentrated source of provitamin A carotenoids, fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.

Available throughout the year with peak supplies April through June and October through December.

Note: Papaya at its ideal stage of ripeness is three-quarters yellow-orange.

Caloric Content

Calories: 117
Protein:1.86 gm
Carbohydrates: 30 gm
Fiber:2.35 gm
Total fats: .43 gm
Saturated fats:.131 gm
Unsaturated fats: .21 gm
Cholesterol: 0 mg

1. 454 grams

Vitamin Content

Vitamin A:61225000 IU
Thiamine: .082 1.7 mg
Vitamin B-2: .097 1.7 mg
Vitamin B-6: .058 2.0 mg
Vitamin B-12: 0 6 mcg
Biotin: - 300 mcg
Niacin: 1.02 20 mg
Pantothenic Acid: .663 10 mg
Folic acid: - 400 mcg
Vitamin C: 187 60 mg
Vitamin E: - 30 IU

1. 454 grams

Mineral Content

Calcium: 721000 mg
Copper:.049 2 mg
Iron: .3 18 mg
Magnesium: 31 400 mg
Manganese:.033 n/a mg
Phosphorus: 161000 mg
Potassium: 780 n/a mg
Selenium: - n/a mcg
Sodium: 8 n/a mg
Zinc: .22 15 mg

1. 454 grams

Amino Acid Content

Tryptophan:.024 gm
Threonine:.033 gm
Isoleucine:.024 gm
Leucine:.049 gm
Lysine:.076 gm
Methionine:.006 gm
Cysteine: - gm
Phenylalanine: .027 gm
Tyrosine: .015 gm
Valine:.03 gm
Arginine:.03 gm
Histidine:.015 gm
Alanine:.043 gm
Aspartic acid:.149 gm
Glutamic acid:.1 gm
Glycine:.055 gm
Proline:.03 gm
Serine:.046 gm

1. 454 grams


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U.S. Department of Agriculture. Composition of Foods: Fruits and Fruit Juices-Raw-Processed-Prepared. Washington D.C. 1982.

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