nutrition facts

Hawaii papayas are simply one of the most nutritious foods in the world. The highly respected Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer watchdog organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., ranks papaya as one of its Top 5 "Fantastic Fruits," along with guava, watermelon, grapefruit and kiwi. These five nutritional superstars rank well ahead of other well-known fruits such as oranges, apples and bananas.

The Center bases its nutritional scoreboard on the sum total of the percentage of the Daily Value for six key nutrients: vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, and fiber plus carotenoids.

Papayas are also a very good source of Vitamins A and B.

Nutritional Comparison of Papayas, Apples, and Oranges
PapayaAppleOrange
Calories395247
Fat (g)000
Cholesterol (mg)000
Sodium (mg)310
Carbohydrate (g)101412
Calcium (mg)24640
Potassium (mg)257107181
Vitamin A*22%1%4%
Vitamin C*103%8%89%
Beta Carotene (mcg)2762771
Based on 100 gram samples. Source USDA National Nutrition Database for Standard Reference (2007) and NutritionData.com
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.