A whole papaya and a half papaya

How to select

Choose firm, unblemished papayas with yellow streaks.

How to prepare

  • Cut in half lengthwise. 
  • Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and throw them away. 
  • Using a small, sharp knife, cut the fruit away from the skin on each half. 
  • Throw the skin away and slice the papaya as desired.

How to store

Papayas can be kept at room temperature for 2-3 days until they are fully yellow/orange.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Cut papaya in half, scoop out the seeds, squeeze lemon juice on the orange flesh, and eat. 
  • Add dried, chopped papaya to your rice and add chicken. 
  • Add papaya to sweeten a stir fry.

Fun facts

  • Papaya is grown in Mexico, Florida, India, and the Caribbean. 
  • September is National Papaya Month. 
  • Papaya seeds taste like black pepper. 
  • A papaya plant can live for more than 20 years. 
  • There are no branches on a papaya tree.

Nutrition info and facts

Packed with vitmin C - 1 cup of cubed papaya contains over 100% of the daily recommended amount. Source of vitamin A, which helps boost the immune system. Contains folate, which helps cells grow and develop.

1 medium papaya = 119 calories, 1 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g sugar

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