Transformation Of The Golden Papaya In Our Farm

Mrs. Teresita Bartolo and Zac B. Sarian holding the round fruit of the Golden Papaya of Mrs. Bartolo.
The elongated fruit of the papaya grown at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. The seeds that produced this fruit came from the round fruit from Mrs. Teresita Bartolo.

Hereโ€™s our personal experience about the transformation of the Golden Papaya we got from Lanao del Norte in 2015. We were fascinated when we saw the plant of Mrs. Teresita Bartolo because the fruits were golden yellow even if they were not ripe. The leaves were also more yellow than green.

Mrs. Bartolo was very accommodating. She welcomed us to her house and picked one ripe fruit of her unusual papaya. The fruit easily weighed more than a kilo. When it was opened, the flesh was very red and quite thick. It was sweet and juicy.
She was gracious enough to share with us the seeds which we germinated in our little farm in Teresa, Rizal. The seedlings had their characteristic yellowish green leaves.

When we planted the seedlings, most of the yellow ones succumbed to the harsh weather in our place. What were left were a couple of plants that had green leaves. No more the golden leaves we had admired in Lanao.

The round fruit opened.
Cross section of the elongated fruit from the Sarian Farm.

We were really surprised that instead of producing the big round fruits from which we got the seeds for planting, the fruits are elongated. We harvested one fruit on August 15, 2017 when it had a color break of yellow. The fruit was 13 inches long with a diameter of about three inches. The small cavity was full of seeds some of which were already starting to sprout when we finally opened the fruit two weeks later. Oh yes, it took a long time for the fruit to become more or less soft and ready for eating.

The Golden Papaya tree of Mrs. Teresita Bartolo.
Mrs. Teresita Bartolo and Zac B. Sarian holding the round fruit of the Golden Papaya of Mrs. Bartolo.
What we liked about the elongated fruit is that it is sweet and fleshy. Since it takes a long time for it to become fully ripe from color break, it means it has a very good shipping quality.
We are germinating some seeds. We will have to find out what other surprises the once-golden-papaya will bring us.

Zac B. Sarian, extracting the seeds of the round fruit in Laoao.
The elongated fruit opened.
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