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.