Papaya taxonomy refers to the botanical classification of this fruit. The botanical name of Papaya fruit (Carica papaya) holds great importance in Scientific Classification of Papaya as it is a combination of genus (Carica) and species (C. papaya). The class and subclass of this fruit is Magnoliopsida and Dillenhidae. Family is a major taxonomic rank in classification of a fruit and is classified between order and genus. Family of Papaya is Caricaceae. Fruits with similar family possess similar characteristics.
Interesting facts about Papaya
Fruits have been a prominent part of human diet since ages! We eat fruits in raw, stored, canned form and even use them in various recipes. All of us have a basic idea about the characteristics of this fruit but there are some interesting facts about Papaya that are still unknown to many of us. Some of the intriguing Papaya Facts are:
- Papaya seeds show contraceptive effects in male monkeys.
- Their seeds are used as a replacement for black pepper in some nations due to peppery taste.
- Papaya is known by funny names like paw paw or papaw and the mamao.
Nowadays, hybridization of fruits has given rise to different varieties of fruits. The varieties of this fruit are Coorg Honey Dew, Pusa Dwarf, Pusa Giant, Pusa Majesty, Pusa Delicious, Pusa Dwarf, Solo, Ranchi, Taiwan-785 and Taiwan-786. It is not available in seedless variety.