Where Is Papaya Grown?

by Benny
(St. Louis, MO)

This is for my homework. I hope you don't mind. I need to know where is papaya grown?


Answer

I don't mind a bit.

Papaya comes from Mexico and Hawaii and that is where it is most often grown commercially. However, papaya is grown by people in their yards throughout the tropics and subtropics.

Papayas require constant warmth and are damaged by frost. That's why they are grown in hot places like Central America and the Caribbean.

Papaya was introduced to Hawaii in the 1800s and Hawaii is still the only U.S. state that produces papaya fruit commercially.

Florida tried to develop a papaya industry but viral diseases put a speedy stop to that effort.

The same pathogen invaded Hawaii, but biotechnologists at the University of Hawaii were able to genetically modify Hawaiian papaya to resist the virus. As a result, papaya was the first genetically modified food crop used for human consumption.

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