- The exact origin of papaya is unknown but it is believed to be native to southern Mexico and neighboring Central America.
- Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought papayas to many other subtropical lands to which they journeyed including India, the Philippines, and parts of Africa.
- In the 20th century, papayas were brought to the United States and have been cultivated in Hawaii, the major U.S. producer since the 1920s
- Today, according to the US Deparment of Agriculture, the US demands somewhere around 180,000 tons. Almost 80% of those come from Mexico and the rest come from Belize, Brazil and Hawaii mostly.