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07 June 2011

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In Milne Bay, we grate green pawpaw and tenderise meat in it for no longer than 10 minutes. Blade steak becomes as tender as rump when fried.

12 seeds crushed and given ongoing, daily to children protect against malaria (kills the parasite) and as a wormer.

We use the white sap on ulcers and cover with the leaf until it heals.

I was told by mum when I was a boy that pawpaw skin was an old remedy for rashes, burns and skin complaints and was used by soldiers during the war. They put it on as a dressing under a bandage.

Here's a bit more info about the health benefits of pawpaw.

What we know as pawpaw or papaya is Carica Papaya. (There is a different and unrelated fruit in North America also called pawpaw - asimina.)

Green papaya fruit and the tree's latex are both rich in an enzyme called papain, a protease which is useful in tenderizing meat and other proteins.

Papaya extract is marketed in tablet form to remedy digestive problems.

Papain is also applied topically (in countries where it grows) for the treatment of cuts, rashes, stings and burns. Papain ointment is commonly made from fermented papaya flesh, and is applied as a gel-like paste.

Harrison Ford was treated for a ruptured disc incurred during filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by papain injections.

Women in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other countries have long used green papaya as a folk remedy for contraception and abortion.

Enslaved women in the West Indies were noted for consuming papaya to prevent pregnancies and thus preventing their children from being born into slavery.

It is also being studied for anti-cancer properties.

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