The unripe, green papaya and its leaves contain an enzyme that is used to treat herniated discs..... Don't believe us..... ask Harrison Ford.

It is said that Papaya plants originated in southern Mexico and Central America. From there, the Spanish explorers introduced it to the Philippines, India, and the rest of the southern American continent. The papaya made its way to Hawaii in the early 1800s and today it is the only U.S. state that grows this fruit as a commercial product. The two varieties of this wonderful fruit are Hawaiian and Mexican. Their major difference is in their weight: the Mexican papaya can weigh up to as much as ten pounds, while the more commonly available Hawaiian version only weighs about a pound. Another wonderful aspect of the papaya is that you can use almost all of the plant. The seeds can be use as a black pepper substitute while the bark is often used to make rope.