Papaya plants are grown in Rwanda by households on a small scale mainly for own consumption as fruits. The surplus fruits are sold to earn some cash. Papaya plants are grown in the following areas;
Uses of papaya
- Source income to the farmers
- Papaya fruit can be eaten to fight cancer
- Papaya fruit posses a lot of calcium for strong bones that is it contributes to healthy skin pores and supports in blood circulation.
- Papayas can be used as a food
- Papaya ointment can help heal minor cuts, burns, insect bites, grazes and abrasions, as well as sunburn, heat rash, gravel rash and chafing.
- Papaya can help to soften hands and feet
- Papaya fruit is excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E
- Helps with the digestion, particularly it breaks down the proteins from the food we eat into amino acids.
- Can make juice or wine out of it
- It can be used as food tenderiser