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Hello everyone and welcome to our late July edition of MIC – Home Gardener. An apology to our readers for the delayed edition, as July has not been a very friendly month to yours truly. On this subject, I feel it my responsibility to seize this opportunity and spread awareness about one of the most fearful outbreaks Sri Lanka has been facing – Dengue.

I am sure by now, we’ve all had our share of this virus, if not us personally, maybe at least a member of the family? As mothers, we’ve had to watch our healthy young ones become so weak and vulnerable to this virus that we fear the worst and pray for a quick recovery.

In this edition, we are going to be featuring a fruit and discussing its ability to aid dengue patients recover from the virus. Yes, you have guessed correctly, we are going to be talking about Papaya, also known as Pawpaw or Papaw. I am going to be referring to it as Papaw as it’s the most commonly used and it sounds easy to pronounce.

Papaw Nutritional Facts

Papaw is one of everyone’s favorite fruits. The tree can be grown in your background or can be bought from your local market, either way it is safe to say that it makes an excellent addition to your fruit salads, a healthy dessert after your meals and even a snack, every now and then.

Apart from its delicious fleshy pulp, did you know that papaw is very high in water (88.06g) and in essential minerals and vitamins? Check out its nutritional content and value.

Calories

20 kcal

Carbohydrates

4g

Fibre

2g

Vitamin C

93%

Vitamin A

44%

Folate

17%

Potassium

8%

Zinc

5%

Iron

4%

Next: Health Benefits of Papaw