The delicious pawpaw is among the largest edible fruits. These fantastic fruits are very high in Vitamin C and are great for including in your diet. Pawpaw’s are known for their vast health benefits including lowering cholesterol. Additionally, Pawpaw’s are also known for their high fiber content. Pawpaw’s work great in spring and summer salads and are perfect for the kiddies as snacks.

Pawpaw’s grow on long narrow trees. These trees are slow growers, especially when the trees are still very young. The leaves on the tree are dark green and can grow up to 30cm in length. The fruits can weigh anything from 200g to 500g and feature distinctive rows of black seeds when cut open. The fruits grow in clusters of around 6.

Pawpaw or Papaya

The pawpaw and the papaya are fruits of the same species, although South Africans are more accustomed to the pawpaw. It’s also easy to tell the difference between the two fruits. The two main differences are the colour and shape of each one. Papaya’s are red in colour or feature red flesh on the inside. They are also shaped more like a rugby ball. The pawpaw, on the other hand, are yellow in colour and are shaped like a soccer ball.

Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of the pawpaw:


Due to the high fibre, antioxidant and Vitamin C content of the pawpaw they aid in the breaking down the cholesterol build-up in arteries.

Immunity Booster

One pawpaw contains around 180% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.

Set Your Sights

Pawpaws are also rich in Vitamin A, which is known to help prevent the deterioration of vision.


Pawpaws are great for those fighting inflammation because of the high vitamin levels in the fruit.

Be sure to pop into Karaglen SuperSpar to check out our amazing selection of fresh pawpaws.