A tender fruit which grows in tropical areas of the world. The outer skin is usually green and the soft flesh is pinkish red or orange in color. The middle of the fruit contains tiny black seeds.
Papaya or Pawpaw has a sweet taste and when young contains a valuable enzyme known as papain which stimulates digestion, treats burns and helps to prevent worms. It is also useful in tenderizing meat.
The Papaya fruit is round to pear shaped in size. The ones in the market are around six or seven inches in length but they can grow longer than that. They are very dense and can weigh at around 2 to 20 pounds. Unripe Papayas have green skin and white flesh, and ripe papayas have yellow skin and red orange flesh.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Ripe papayas can be eaten as is. One can also cut them in slices and add to a fruit salad or eat with a spoon.
Conserving and Storing
Ripe Papayas should be stored in the fridge and must be consumed within 1-2days of purchase.