papayas

i am interested in contacting some group member that lives and plants in israel. reason: have been told that israel does use a strain and or a process through which their papaya trees start producing at 4-5 feet tall rather than the 7-8 feet of regular papaya trees in the u.s. is anybody in the group familiar with this???? gloria
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Consider the Babaco papaya, Carica pentagona. Grown in Israel, commercially in greenhouses, it is a smaller specimen than Carica papaya which grows 10-12' tall. Also known as the Mountain papaya, babacos are native to Ecuador and prefer slightly cooler temperatures than their Mexican and Hawaiin cousins. Significantly, the fruit is five-sided, yellow and quite a bit tangier than the tropical papaya. Hope this helps,
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