Papaya is Good for You

Health Benefits

Papaya is ranked in the top five of the healthiest fruits. 
  • It is an excellent source of three powerful antioxidants: Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene. 
  • It is an edible way to boost immunity!
  • Papaya is also rich in protein-digesting enzymes (papain and chymopapain) that aid digestion.

Ready to Enjoy

Papaya is at its peak flavor when the skin has a slight give to your touch. When your papaya is ¾ yellow (and still has some green remaining on the stem end), wash it and cut about ½ inch off the stem end.  Then cut your papaya in half lengthwise.  With a spoon gently remove and discard the seeds (or use the seeds in some recipes, outlined below).  
Your papaya half is ready to spoon out and eat “as is” or add a little lime juice to accent the flavor.  And you might just want to eat the other half as well!

When to Refrigerate

Papayas are typically harvested at ¼ to ½ color change and will continue to turn to full yellow when left at room temperature. The PERFECT papaya is best eaten at ¾ color.  Papaya should be refrigerated at ¾ color to prevent further color change and retain the perfect texture for up to several weeks.
Just like a banana, papaya tastes best when not too green, and not too ripe – it’s perfect when its three quarters yellow. To keep the same perfect taste and texture, put it in the fridge.