Organic grown Papaya fruit trees at Hacienda Chichen Resort, an Eco-Cultural Spa Getaway, the ideal Green Maya Vacation Spa Resort.       Maradol Papaya's are served at our Maya Children Nutrition Center

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Ripe Mexican Maradol Papaya are grown at Hacienda Chichen's Organic Gardens and served at the hotel

Papaya Fruit Trees
Lush Botanical Gardens and Tropical Flora
Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan


Organic Grown Papayas are cultivated at Hacienda Chichen where Chef Josue Cime creates delightful smoothies, check recipe herePapaya Fruit, (English) Papaya Mamey (Spanish) Put (Maya), Carica Papaya, Caricaceae Family. This edible rich flavor Papaya fruit plant is native to South of Mexico and Central America. The plant is actually a large herb growing to 14 feet height with a single steam; thus, commonly we refer to it as a "papaya tree." 

There are many varieties of Papaya fruits with different pulp flavor, color, and size.  All papaya fruits have a "waxy leathery thin but Papaya is one of the most delightful summer fruits for a great smoothietough skin" rich in a thick white latex sap.  which develops yellow orange tones when the firm smooth pulp is ripe.  The most commonly organically grown papaya species at Hacienda Chichen are the Mexican Maradol papayas, or Mamey papaya, due to its high Vitamin A, C, potassium, and antioxidant nutritional levels.  Most papaya fruits have rich aroma, nutrients, flavor, and papain enzymes.  Papaya pulp has great natural healing qualities for skin care as well as to calm indigestion; view our free papaya mango smoothie recipe now.

 

Healthy organic papayas growing at Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, MexicoPapayas are seed propagated and fruits grow directly attached to the tree trunk near leafs axils or stems (photo).  Red Lady is a dwarf self pollinating variety grown at Hacienda Chichen organic garden, fruits weigh 6 to 8 pounds, with excellent sweet flavor, rich aroma, deep mamey color and velvety texture.  The leaves are large, 50-70 cm diameter, deeply palmately lobed with 7 lobes. Observe the growing process of papaya fruits in our photo selection, note a papaya yellow flower, in the above photo, their petals have a waxy lightly thick texture.

Green papaya fruits and the  latex of papaya trees are rich in an enzyme called papain, a protease which is useful in tenderizing proteins such as meats, this ability to break down tough meat fibers was utilized for thousands of years by ancient Mayan and many other indigenous American cultures.  Papain ointments are commonly used by the Mayan healers to treat cuts, rashes, and burns; use of papain is not recommended for people that are have highly sensitive skin or have multi-allergies.

Wild Birds at our Bird Refuge enjoy the tasty papayas found throughout the Hacienda Chichen's gardens

Where to Grow Organically Papaya Trees: For papayas to grow sweet and full of aroma, it is best to plant them in warm sunny open field with good reflected heat and where not much wind blows. Papayas grown most successfully where water can be controlled.

Soils and Irrigation: Papayas need a light, well-drained soil.  Watering is the most critical aspect in raising papayas. The plants should be kept on to the dry side to avoid root rot, but do need enough water to support their large leaves; soil should be moist but not excessively.

Organic Fertilization: Papaya  fruit trees requires rich soil can take fairly hot organic fertilizing such as chicken manure; phosphorus deficiency in the soil will cause the papaya tree to develop dark green foliage with some red-purple leaf discoloration.

Note: Papaya are true wild herbs that are commonly referred to as tree.  Dwarf papaya wild herbs grow naturally throughout the Hacienda Chichen's Bird Refuge gardens and feed many of the wild birds found around the property as well as a variety of wild fauna, butterflies, insects, and small mammals.

Feel free to review our Complete Hacienda Chichen's Flora Guide filled with beautiful photographs of fruit trees, Mayan medicinal trees, Yucatan's endemic flora collection and other beauties found in the  lush tropical gardens and private Maya Jungle Nature Reserve of this unique green boutique hotel. 

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Bonete Wild Trees:

Wild papaya or Bonete Fruit Tree grows in the Hacienda Chichen's Maya Jungle Reserve   

Wild Papaya or Bonete Fruit
Lush Botanical Gardens and Tropical Flora
Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan

During June and July, Chef Josue Cime at Hacienda Chichen adds bonete fruit slices to his famous gourmet tropical sorbets and organic smoothiesWild Papaya (English), Bonete (Spanish), Coahuayote (Naualt) K'uun che' (Maya) Jacaratia mexicana, Caricaceae Family. Native to Mexico. Wild growing tree, tall and slim with soft bark trunk and elliptic leaflets,  male and female flowers on separate trees (dioecious). Ripe Bonetes or wild papaya fruits have small seeds and distinctive large pendulous shape (photo) that hang from leafless branches during May and June. These edible wild fruit trees are hardy and produce high nutrition value fruits that have their pulp texture, flavor and aroma similar to mild flavor papaya.

At Hacienda Chichen's lush tropical gardens, guests can enjoy observing the Wild Papaya or Bonete trees as they strolls past the main walking paths nearby the Colonial Main Mansion near the Organic Fruits and Vegetables crops grown within this green hotel's property.

We invite you to review our Complete Hacienda Chichen's Flora Guide filled with beautiful photographs of fruit trees, Mayan medicinal trees, Yucatan's endemic flora collection and other beauties found in the  lush tropical gardens and private Maya Jungle Nature Reserve of this unique green boutique hotel.
 

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Hacienda Chichen Resort is among Mexico's best hacienda hotels and a unique Sustainable Eco-Cultural Destination in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.Yucatan Adventure  Green Travel Guide is a volunteer Sustainable Green Travel Guide designed by the Maya Foundation In Laakeech A. C. a NGO sustainable civil society founded by Hacienda Chichen Resort's owners and staff in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  Hacienda Chichen's  sustainable green vision and eco-cultural mission committed to provide travelers a soulful Mayan cultural experience as well as a Green Getaway to explore the eco-wonders and cultural traditions of the Maya; as well as to support the welfare of Mayan rural communities and to promote Sustainable Geo-Tourism.  Visit Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa's website: www.haciendachichen.com

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Published Photos &  Information Courtesy of
Hacienda Chichen Resort and Bruce A. Gordon
Environmental Director / Maya Nature Reserve
November 2009  / Aug. 2012