Papaya (Carica papaya) is a perennial herb of South American origin, whose fruits resemble a mixture of two flavors - strawberries and melons. The stem of papaya is very similar to bamboo, and the leaves are very similar to maple, but much larger in size. It grows well not only in natural conditions, but also at home, in an apartment or in a greenhouse. Under natural conditions, the height of a plant can increase by 3-5 meters per year. At home, of course, it is impossible to do without regular pruning, which is why the papaya begins to give a large number of side shoots.
Some gardeners recommend planting the papaya in a low volume flowerpot to limit its rapid growth. This technique gives its results - the height of the plant will not exceed the two-meter mark, but the amount of harvest will also significantly decrease. In indoor conditions, when favorable conditions are created, papaya can live from 10 to 20 years, and sometimes more. When transplanting it for the summer period from a flower container to a garden plot, growth will increase at a rate familiar to natural conditions.
Caring for papaya at home
Location and lighting
The location of the papaya flower pot should be in a warm or slightly cool room without cold drafts or sudden cold air currents. Although the plant loves fresh air and regular ventilation, in winter, you need to be careful and careful with this so as not to harm it. Since the sun's rays can cause burns in some representatives of the flora, this can happen in papaya in winter from a cold draft. A few minutes of such a cold stream is enough for all the leaves on the plant to wither.
Tropical papaya is now widespread in various parts of our planet and has managed to adapt to different temperature conditions and climates. But one of the important conditions and requirements was keeping and growing it at a temperature that should exceed the zero mark on the thermometer. If only the air temperature drops to 1 degree frost, then it will be impossible to save the plant. Both the aboveground and root parts die off completely.
The ideal temperature for growing papaya in an apartment or greenhouse, at which full growth and development will be ensured, is from 25 to 28 degrees, but in no case more than 30. High and minus temperatures are equally dangerous for the plant. In winter, the optimal temperature range is 14-16 degrees Celsius.
In this mode, it grows and develops beautifully, and most importantly, it bears many large fruits (about 40 cm long). At home, it is impossible to create natural natural comfort, so the quantity and quality of the crop will be much more modest - these are just a few fruits ranging in size from 20 to 25 cm.
The root system of papaya is located close to the surface of the soil, so its top layer should not dry out between March and October. The roots need constant moderate humidity, without an excess of irrigation water. In order to avoid the appearance of root rot, it is recommended to reduce the volume and frequency of watering in winter at low temperatures to a minimum. At this time, the root system is not working at full strength, and the usual amount of moisture can only harm the plant.
During the dormant period, papaya does not need watering, since it has the ability of succulents to retain moisture and withstand drying out of the soil for some time. Dropping the leaves during the cool season is also normal for papaya and should not cause panic in the owner.
Top dressing and fertilizers
Fast-growing tropical papaya during the spring and summer months will require a lot of strength and nutritious nutrition in the form of fertilizers. Complex dry or liquid fertilizing (do not neglect also nutritious spraying of stems and leaves) is recommended to be applied to the soil regularly 2 times a month until the beginning of autumn. There is no need to feed the plant in the autumn-winter period.
In order for the papaya to begin to form fruits, it is necessary either to have a self-fertile variety or two plants at once - male and female, which, with simultaneous flowering, can be pollinated under indoor conditions. Dissolved papaya species bear fruit only on rare occasions.
Fruit ripening occurs in late summer - early autumn. It is very important not to rush to harvest, so that the papaya fruit ripens completely and its milky juice, which is poisonous in green papaya, becomes watery and loses its dangerous properties.
Papaya breeding methods
It is recommended to sow seeds in a container filled with moss or any loose soil with good water and air permeability to a shallow depth (about 5 mm). The planting container with seeds must be placed in a warm room with a constant temperature of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. The first seedlings should appear in about a week and a half. At lower temperatures, seed germination will slow down.
Papaya seeds have a very high germination rate, which is maintained for several years if stored properly (for example, in a tightly closed glass container in a cool room).
Propagation by cuttings
The grafting method of reproduction is used less often than the seed one. Cuttings are cut from the main plant at an angle of 45 degrees. Their average diameter is at least 1.5 cm, length is 10-12 cm. The leaf part must be cut off almost completely, with the exception of a couple of leaves on the upper part of the cutting. The place of the cut in the lower part must be thoroughly dried for 5-7 days, and then sprinkled with crushed charcoal and placed in a solution of a biostimulant, which will promote the formation of roots.
Favorable conditions for rooting are high air temperature (about 28 degrees Celsius), bright diffused lighting, high levels of humidity, high-quality substrate (for example, peat, sand or their mixture in equal proportions). The cutting is planted to a depth of 2-3 cm in moist soil, after which the seedlings are watered abundantly. Greenhouse conditions can be created with a cropped top plastic bottle, glass jar, or regular plastic bag. The capacity for the cutting needs a small volume. The plant is transplanted into a container that will be about 2-3 cm larger than the previous one.
Diseases and pests
The main and most common pest of papaya, the spider mite, appears on the plant in indoor conditions, when the humidity level in the room is the lowest or the air is dry. Urgent measures are regular water procedures in the form of spraying the crown, which are carried out several times a day. The water should be cool or cold. If such activities do not bring success, then natural complex preparations designed to combat harmful insects will help. They can be purchased from specialized stores as a powder, liquid or spray and used according to the instructions on the package.
Root rot is considered one of the most common diseases. The appearance of this fungal disease is associated with a violation of the rules for caring for papaya in the cold season. Keeping in a cold room with a temperature below 15 degrees and the use of cold irrigation water leads to damage to the root part and the gradual death of the entire plant.
The use of papaya in cooking
Papaya fruit is considered versatile and edible not only raw. If they are just a little underripe, then it is better to use them as vegetables and cook a stew or bake in the oven along with other vegetables. Fully ripe fruit can be used to make a delicious pie filling or add to a smoothie or jelly. Papaya juice has not only a pleasant taste, but also one interesting property - it softens the toughest meat. That is why American culinary experts consider papaya juice an indispensable ingredient in marinade.
Papaya - Fruit Bomb
This amazing fruit is native to the tropics of South and Central America. Papaya is consumed by millions of people living in different countries. This is one of the most popular plants for food and not only. That is why papaya has so many names. The most common is the "melon tree". Cubans call it "fruit-bomb", because the shape of the fruit resembles a bomb, in Mexico they use the name "tree of excellent health", and appreciate papaya for its extremely useful properties and as a cure for many diseases. Various parts of the tree are used by Mexicans and residents of neighboring countries for skin inflammations, for healing wounds, treating problems of the gastrointestinal tract, against parasites, and oncological diseases.
The fruits of papaya have been eaten since time immemorial, so long ago that the wild ancestor of this plant has not even been established. It was grown by the Aztecs and Mayans. Now more than a thousand varieties are cultivated, different in taste, shape and size of fruits. Not surprisingly, papaya is the king of fruits not only in taste but also in nutritional value. The fruit bomb "blew up" the nutrition and food industry of the modern world. But first things first.
Papaya fruit is a berry weighing up to 7 kg, but the most valuable cultivars weigh 0.5 - 2 kg. The fruit resembles a melon in shape, structure, size, taste and even chemical composition. The fruit has a thick green rind, which, when ripe, depending on the variety, changes color to different shades: from golden yellow to red-orange. The fruits are harvested when the peel is still green, with a yellow or orange blush, and therefore often papaya "ripens" on the road, on store shelves or already at home, for which it is kept in a dry, dark place next to a ripe banana or apple. The papaya pulp is bright orange in color, the inner cavity is filled with a large number of dark seeds.
When buying papaya, you need to make sure the following: the fruit should be even and smooth, slightly soft to the touch and have a sweetish aroma. Ripe fruits can be stored for no more than 3 days at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for no more than a week. Remember that papaya flesh loses all flavor and aroma when frozen, so it can only be stored in the fruit and vegetable compartment.
Ripe papaya fruit is best consumed fresh. It is served as a dessert. First, cut off the peel with a knife, then cut the pulp into slices or rings, remove the seeds with a spoon, sprinkle with orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime juice. Papaya is very good in fruit salads. It is added to ice cream, juice is made. You can make papaya puree, which is very good for children. To make jelly with pieces of fruit, boil the papaya. raw fruit prevents gelatin from hardening. Ripe fruits can be added to meat, fish and vegetable salads. Unripe fruits can be used as a vegetable: stuffed with meat, rice, vegetables and spices, make a salad of boiled papaya, boiled eggs, garlic and mayonnaise, add to spicy fish and seafood soups. Salad made from papaya, shrimp with garlic and spices is especially good. Green papaya is also added to stews and chutneys.
The fruit of the melon tree is not only tasty and nutritious, but also healthy. They contain glucose, fructose, fiber, organic acids, proteins, beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B5, C, D, a large amount of minerals: potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, iron and trace elements. But the main value of the fruit is attributed to the unique plant enzyme papain, similar in its properties to gastric juice. Therefore, papaya promotes excellent digestion of proteins, fats and fast carbohydrates, cleanses the gastrointestinal tract, removing protein residues from it. Papaya is a complete dietary product.
Papain has revolutionized the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries; more than 100 products and preparations are made from it. Every year in the United States alone, a million servings of steaks are processed with the papaya enzyme, its properties of softening meat fibers are widely used in the meat industry around the world. Papain is used in the production of cheeses, to clarify wine, beer, liqueurs, it gives young wine a noble taste. In cosmetology, the enzyme is used to remove hair, to discolor age spots. It is also used in the perfumery industry and in leather dressing. Papain is especially widely used in medicine, preparations based on it are used as an anticoagulant of blood in the treatment of gastritis and thrombosis. It is used to treat eczema, burns, herpes, diseases of the spine.
Papaya in the modern world not only feeds people, but is also a valuable plant that improves the quality of life. Every year the papaya plantation area is increasing, scientists are developing new drugs and products from this valuable plant.
Papaya is grown in South and Central America, tropical and subtropical Asia.
This is a very unusual plant. Its trunk resembles the trunk of a palm tree, but it never stiffens and therefore grows very quickly, growing up to 6 meters in 5 years. Its bark is a weave of strong fibers that can be used to make ropes and ropes. The tree not only grows very quickly, but is also one of the most early-fruiting. Already 11 months after sowing, young trees are able to bloom. In hot regions, the plant blooms at the age of three months and bears fruit already in the year of sowing the seeds. Abundant fruiting continues until the end of the plant's life, reaching its maximum for 3-4 years of life. Papaya is a short-lived plant: even with good care, it will live no more than 5 years. But lovers of exotic plants appreciate it. Papaya is a fast growing, ornamental and fruitful plant that is very easy to care for. At the top of the palm-shaped trunk, a rosette is formed of large 5-9-lobed dissected leaves up to 50 cm in diameter.The leaves are dark green on long petioles, grow in a spiral, after 4-6 months they fall off, making the plant look like a palm tree. Flowers are formed in the axils of the leaves, which are tied into fruits. Plants are male and female, or have bisexual flowers, and during life the female plant can become male and vice versa. Female flowers grow in the axils of the leaves, one per leaf. They are white, waxy, have five petals, and have a short petiole. Male flowers are numerous and are collected in panicles up to 1.5 meters long. Under good conditions, papaya bears fruit all year round.
At home, the plant is propagated mainly by seeds taken from a ripe fruit. If possible, get a cutting, it must be rooted in coarse sand. Sowing seeds is best done in early spring. Only fresh seeds have excellent germination. They are sown in separate cups of 2-3 pcs. The soil should be loose, fertile. It is necessary to maintain constant humidity, but not overmoisten. Germination temperature 26-30 ° С, germination period 1-8 weeks (depending on conditions and variety). Only one largest specimen is left in the cup. Young seedlings do not tolerate transplants; the plant can only be transplanted into containers of a larger area. The root system is shallow, therefore wide and shallow dishes with good drainage are preferable. Papaya is one of the easiest exotics to grow, but it still needs certain conditions for successful life. The plant is very light-requiring, additional lighting is necessary in winter. It is better to use fluorescent lamps with maximum brightness. Becausepapaya is a tropical plant, then the summer air temperature should not be lower than +25 ° С, and the winter temperature should not be less than +22 ° С. Sharp temperature fluctuations are not permissible! All parts of the plant are very tender and succulent, so watering should be regular, but the plant should not be poured, because decay of the root collar is the most common cause of papaya death. In winter, watering is reduced. Like all Tropicans, the melon tree loves frequent spraying with soft, warm water. In February-March, the plant is weekly fed with nitrogen fertilizers and microelements, in May-June, nitroammophoska, superphosphate, and microelements are regularly introduced. Since November, the plant is not fertilized.
For flowering and fruiting of papaya at home, you must have, in addition to female, at least one male plant. Subject to good conditions of keeping in a sufficiently large container, the papaya plant in indoor conditions is capable of blooming in the second year.
In any case, exotic papaya will decorate your apartment and become an object of admiration for those around you.
Having a beautiful garden is the dream of most of the Russian population, who owns a dacha or a personal plot. According to many summer residents, the garden is the best place for a healthy and active holiday, which brings its fruits as a result, or rather the harvest. Fresh air and a calm atmosphere restore a person's strength after a long week of work. And, despite the fact that caring for a garden requires a lot of effort and money, physical labor among fruit trees will bring only positive emotions, of course, if you do not give all your best.
What is the danger of papaya
This applies primarily to the degree of ripeness of the fruit. Papaya should be eaten only when the skin turns orange or yellow, without green stripes, and the fruit itself becomes soft. It is at this stage of ripening that papaya becomes edible and acquires a unique combination of taste and aroma.
In addition, fully ripe fruits lose substances that are dangerous for a pregnant woman, such as pepsin and papain, which can cause contraction of the uterine muscles. Of course, this is extremely dangerous, especially in the early and middle stages, as it can lead to premature birth. Therefore, for women whose gestation proceeds with some deviations, it is better to refuse papaya.
The same should be done if the expectant mother suffers from bronchial asthma, atopic dermatitis, eczema, or has a predisposition to allergic reactions. In such cases, papaya can be successfully replaced with the usual berries or fruits that grow in the area where the woman lives.
Before buying an attractive papaya fruit from a store and eating it, you should consult with your doctor who accompanies the pregnancy. It is he who, knowing all the features of a woman's body, will be able to either recommend papaya for a variety of diet, or advise to completely abandon this exotic fruit.
General information about the melon tree
Leaves formed from seven segments and have a finger-dissected shape. They form an openwork crown of a tree in the form of an umbrella on the absolutely heads of the trunk.
Trunk straight, no lateral branches, no more than 30 centimeters in diameter.
Fruit trees can be up to 2-5 kilograms, resemble a melon.
A distinctive feature of the plant is that the papaya forms fruit directly on the trunk, and not on the branches, like most plants.
The beneficial properties of the melon tree
- The composition of the fruits of the plant includes papain, chymopapains A and B, callase, lipase.
- The leaves of the plant also contain other enzymes, such as glycosides and alkaloids.
- Papain helps to improve digestion, it is also used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Promotes the restoration of physical strength, dissolves dead cells in the body and activates the growth of living tissues.
- The pulp of the fruit is a dietary product that helps to accelerate digestion and reduce weight.
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Today's review will be filled with pain from unfulfilled hopes.
Pumpkin Nutmeg Vitamin
In me, probably, some kind of shovel feeling is not asleep, but the phrase Muscat pumpkin from Provence evokes in me an immeasurably greater thrill than a table pumpkin. Or a fodder pumpkin.
On this grade, I sooooo pinned my hopes, so to speak. For the Pearl turned out to be not particularly suitable for storage, but Tiny ... That little, this Tiny, it’s not nutmeg, and therefore not exquisite even once!
Nutmeg pumpkin Viamin.
As it should be, grown by seedling method, for Siberia. The pumpkin did not require anything special - the agricultural technology was standard, so to speak.
Pumpkins have grown - lovely sight! This one is the smallest
They were heavy and nice by weight, the tea was not Shrub Orange
I ate the "crumb" with great pleasure, "Pearl" for some reason quickly began to deteriorate and had to be eaten urgently.
Vitaminnaya, however, was as good as new. And at the end of January I did it ...
God! Indescribable aroma.
American scientists have identified the most exciting culinary scents for men. As it turned out, the sexiest smell for the stronger sex is the smell of pumpkin, which is probably why pumpkin pie is extremely popular in Europe and the USA, and housewives prepare it not only for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also for dessert any day. Besides pumpkin pie, men really love the smell of lavender, as well as black licorice and donuts. They associate this with the smells of home comfort, childhood, harmony and happiness.
As a result of the experiment, it turned out that it is the hot pumpkin pie that emits smells that increase the sexual desire of men. But such a woman's "weapon" as perfume occupies almost the last place in the list of exciting smells. They increase excitability by only 3%, while the smell of lavender or pumpkin - by as much as 40%! Scientists have recognized the smell of cranberries as the most unpleasant smell for the stronger sex.
These droplets… .mmm…. They are sweet!
Anyway. Actually, everyone laughed for a long time from my jumping up and down. Then I decided to crunch a pumpkin - I like to gnaw it raw. And then an unpleasant surprise awaited me: The vitamin turned out to be savory! This is the first thing. And secondly, it turned out to be like spaghetti.See?
Not even like spaghetti (as it should be for some varieties), but some kind of "cobweb" noodles
Contrary to the assurances that pumpkin should be baked exclusively with nuts and dried fruits I baked it as usual - with nothing. And my disappointment surged, sweeping away all the joy.
Chota it turned out to be tasteless.
I have not mastered even half of half. I tried to add to the porridge - not…. And I committed blasphemy - I gave it, baked, to the dogs. They were happy. Amazing.
In short, I eat it only raw. She has an amazing aroma - a cross between pumpkin and watermelon. The color and structure is of some kind of tropical fruit. Sometimes it feels like I'm crunching with some exotic carrot
For heat treatment, for my taste, it is not suitable - this is not an ordinary pumpkin and not a "spaghetti" - zucchini. This is unclear.
Let me summarize. Every man to his own taste. I am not a friend of Vitamin Pumpkin.
- Curious) I mean, interesting
- Excellent long shelf life
- Delicious seeds!
- Thin skin, lots of pulp
there is main disadvantage:
- I didn't like the taste when cooked.
I will not recommend it or recommend it. I was pleased to meet her, but I will not plant her again.