Hey! Thats my papaya fruits and Im going to take them down today,...papaya anyone? Hehehe..thats my finger pointing to my son which fruits to bring down. The papaya tree is in my backyard outside the chain fence on the riverbank of Ampang River. I didnt actually plant it, just threw some papaya seeds 2 years ago and walla! its been giving me lots of fruits since then.
They say eat papaya a day keeps the doctor away...it is said to lower the blood pressure. Actually, there are so many medicinal values in the fruits, the young shoots, the seeds, the flowers, that I would not go through here, as you can easily find them out in the internet. Do you know why some of your papaya plants fail to bear fruits, even if they do, the young fruits start to fall off not long after that? Well, in that case, either your papaya is a female or a male tree and when they are not pollinated by either one,...nothing happens! So I guess, mine is a self-pollinated tree... the hermaphoradite or it can also be either male or female tree but pollinated with the help of the birds and bees!
female flowers of papaya tree
On the left is female papaya tree, although it bear lots of fruits, they will drop off soon after. Why? Female flower have ovary, after the petals drop off, it forms fruit but if not pollinated, they dont carry seeds inside and they become barren fruits and fall off afterwards. On the right, the male flowers, they have no ovaries, but they contain stamens-bearing pollens which can pollinate female flowers. While the hermaphrodite has both the ovary and stamens-bearing pollens, they can pollinate themselves without the presence of male or female trees nearby.
Another part of the papaya tree that can be eaten is the young shoots, although very bitter, it is said to lower your blood pressure. To make it less bitter, you can boil them together with guava leaves. The boiled leaves can be eaten as kerabu together with the male flowers or eaten on its own with sambal belacan....soooo delicious!
my papaya fruits taken down to be eaten as dessert after our lunch...
....or with a twist of the lime juice....
...one papaya still not totally ripe, so I love to cicah (dip in) with kuah rojak,
a hot and spicy local salad sauce
The unripe papaya fruit can also be made into kerabu by slicing it thinly, while young fruit can be cooked in masak air (a clear soup) or masak bening (Javanese soup with a tangy taste of tamarind).