Papaya is a type of fruit that comes from the Carica papaya tree, which is native to Central and South America but is now grown in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world. The fruit is oval or pear-shaped, with a yellow or orange exterior and a fleshy, juicy interior filled with small black seeds. The flesh of the fruit has a sweet, musky flavor and a soft, buttery texture. Papayas are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, magnesium, and fiber. They are often eaten fresh as a snack or used in smoothies, salads, and desserts. Papaya enzymes are also used as a meat tenderizer in cooking.