Papaya is Good for You
Health BenefitsPapaya 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 EnjoyPapaya 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 RefrigeratePapayas 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.