In Cebu, papaya trees grow without problems – and they grow almost anywhere, too! They may grow in your backyard, and they may even grow right outside a hotel in Cebu! Papaya has a lot of uses, and aside from its fruit being eaten as food, it also contributes to cooking (as meat tenderizer) and traditional medicine. The stem and bark may also be used in rope production. Papaya seeds are very easy to save. You just have to scoop them out before eating the fruit then spread them out on a newspaper or any piece of scratch paper to dry.