Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year.
Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.
In 2017, global production of papayas was 13.2 million tonnes, led by India with 45% of the world total (table). Global papaya production grew significantly over the early 21st century, mainly as a result of increased production in India and demand by the United States.