The Mountain Papaya , is a species of the genus Vasconcellea, native to the Andes of northwestern South America from Colombia south to central Chile, typically growing at altitudes of 1,500-3,000 m. It is an evergreen pachycaul shrub or small tree growing to 10 m tall.
The fruit is 6-15 cm long and 3-8 cm broad, with five broad longitudinal ribs from base to apex; it is green, maturing yellow to orange. The fruit pulp is edible, similar to Papaya, and is usually cooked as a vegetable, but is also eaten raw; like Papaya, it is rich in the digestive enzyme papain.
It is one of the parents of the hybrid cultivar 'Babaco', widely grown for fruit production in South America.
Germplasm Resources Information Network: Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis
University of Ghent: Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis
Tradewinds Fruit Database
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