Section: Halacha Category: Food
|The Problematic Papaya|
HaAdama…surprisingly. The Papaya looks like a tree and has all the qualifications of a tree as determined by Chazal. However it lack some key botanical features of a tree and exhibits properties of a “Yerek”. For example it produces fruit within the first year it is planted. Also its trunk is hollow unlike a fruit tree.
Because we do not know what bracha to make so HaAdama is safer bet. Therefore if you are going to eat a fruit as well, make HaAdama on the Papaya first. If you make HaEitz first on the fruit you may have “Patur’d” the papaya from a Bracha.
For the purpose of Urlah we are machmir and treat it as a tree and do not use the fruit produced the first three years. (This is a problem considering the short life span of the tree.) (V'Zos HaBracha)