The papaya grows on a tree that is around 10 metres high that has a soft trunk and no branches. The large, hand-shaped leaves grow only on the crown of the tree, with the fruits hanging from the trunk directly underneath. Papayas originally come from southern Mexico and Costa Rica,
and can be found in various shapes and sizes. They were discovered in the Americas by Christopher Columbus, and in those times were referred to as the ‘fruit of angels’.
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