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Papaya Production 2021

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Papaya Production by Country 2024

Delicious, sweet, and tropical, papayas are a mainstay of a healthy diet and delectable desserts around the world. These delicious fruits are grown in warm climates, including Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, parts of Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia.

Papayas grow on tree-like plants that are actually classified as herbs. Papaya plants can grow as tall as 26 feet high. In addition to producing papaya fruits, the plants also produce large leaves that can reach up to two feet in diameter. Traditionally, the leaves of the papaya plant have been used for medicinal purposes.

The outer part of the papaya can range from green to yellow. Usually, papayas are harvested when the outer skin is still green with a few yellow spots. Papayas that are completely tallow are typically overripe.

While papayas are often enjoyed as a part of desserts, they're also often added to smoothies, yogurt bowls, and other healthy foods for their high nutritional values. Papayas are naturally high in vitamins A and C, and are known for helping to improve digestive issues. Papaya also contains high levels of antioxidants, and may help to reduce the risk of many health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Papaya's high levels of vitamin C can help with wound healing, and can contribute to healthy immune system function when consumed as a part of a healthy diet.

In addition to being eaten on their own, papayas can be used as a meat tenderizer due to their high levels of papain, an enzyme that can break down tough pieces of beef, pork, and other types of meat. While most people only eat the orange part of the fruit, the seeds are also edible, and have a spicy taste that lends itself to adding a peppery flavor to a variety of meals.

- All production totals have been rounded to the nearest whole ton.
- China totals do not include Taiwan, which is listed separately.

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Country
Papaya Production 2021 (tons)
Papaya Production 2020 (tons)
Papaya Production 2019 (tons)
India5,540,0005,780,0006,050,000
Brazil1,256,7031,235,0031,171,026
Indonesia1,168,2661,016,388986,991
Dominican Republic1,156,6671,094,4951,176,453
Mexico1,134,7531,117,4371,083,133
Nigeria895,054886,188877,322
China550,000521,353495,045
DR Congo211,046211,326211,605
Peru189,801188,166166,180
Philippines165,912163,299166,164
Venezuela164,091157,177101,165
Thailand161,606162,535163,286
Colombia146,186196,017144,967
Bangladesh125,75813,067135,809
Taiwan118,834138,333122,272
Vietnam115,212114,585109,068
Guatemala88,61787,47189,827
Cuba82,203158,231187,821
Kenya81,446110,322105,048
Ethiopia77,65672,00851,947
Guyana75,96770,53569,473
Malawi67,92466,86864,554
Costa Rica67,88153,91533,460
Mali64,02457,47667,319
Malaysia60,84461,77653,681
Ecuador47,13047,07447,019
Mozambique43,07142,98742,904
Laos28,95128,96429,990
Yemen20,61025,21924,502
Panama18,87015,78512,768
Australia18,33019,64814,921
Bolivia18,03018,09418,291
Nepal16,94618,31015,525
Ivory Coast14,12414,14214,029
Paraguay11,40811,39111,387
Jamaica10,25210,82510,999
South Africa9,39810,55513,134
Pakistan9,2788,5377,630
Puerto Rico8,5538,4678,443
El Salvador7,2486,2874,845
United States6,0803,7605,330
Oman5,8385,8305,830
Ghana5,6455,6705,642
Fiji4,5093,6354,005
Republic of the Congo3,7453,7533,747
Samoa3,3383,3593,380
Guinea Bissau3,0393,0543,028
Morocco2,2802,2502,270
Chile2,2112,1802,409
Argentina2,2102,2062,203
Timor Leste2,2012,2212,234
Israel1,60983101
Trinidad and Tobago1,4001,6601,640
Rwanda1,3082,2782,211
Belize724111275
Cook Islands594592596
Bahamas583579575
Suriname395763854
Honduras306341388
Iran300302298
Bhutan164206216
Haiti102102102
Dominica848483
Tunisia767574
Cameroon484746
Zimbabwe464546
Nauru222
World14,097,48714,065,44414,207,588
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What country produces the most papaya?

India is considered the world's largest papaya producer. It harvests an estimated 6,050,000 tonnes annually.

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