When is my papaya ready to eat?

So, I just received my papaya via Fedex.  They look great, but are they ready to eat?

Papayas are typically harvested from the trees at ¼ to ½ color change. It usually takes about a week from harvest to be at the perfect eating stage, depending on the temperatures.  The sweetness of the fruit is determined by the growing conditions and the stage it is picked.  Color change affects the texture but not the sweetness.
 
Just like a banana, papaya is best when not too green and not too ripe. The PERFECT papaya is eaten at 3/4 yellow and gives slightly to a gentle squeeze.

We harvest and ship our papayas at 1/4 to 1/2 color change. They will continue to ripen and become fully yellow when left out at room temperature. Leave them out at ambient room temperatures and do not refrigerate before they reach 3/4 yellow. At this stage, papaya can be refrigerated and should keep their perfect taste and texture for up to ten days.


 

Enjoy! Papaya just like you had in Hawaii!