This does not seem to be any kind of stress growth. Just lower growth that was allowed to flourish. It will not hurt the tree to leave them, or take them off. Either way you choose will be up to you. This appears to be a very healthy specimen. This article will give you more information on the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/papaya/growing-papaya-fruit.htm
Answered on May 13, 2019
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