Papaya (also called papaw or pawpaw) is a fruit native to the tropical regions of the world. The fruits are famous because of their vibrant color, soft texture and sweet taste. Papayas are used in a variety of culinary dishes, such as salads, smoothies and shakes. The benefits of eating papaya add to their popularity. Papayas were previously thought to be rare fruits, however, they are now readily available at almost all times of the year for us.