Also called pawpaw, the papaya grows in tropical or subtropical regions such as Hawaii and South Africa. It can vary in size, shape, and color, but typically is an elongated pear shape with thin, shiny, yellow-green skin and vivid pink or orange flesh that is musky-sweet and succulent. The fruit and its leaves contain an enzyme called papain that is used as a meat tenderizer.
Papaya are in season all year round. Choose a papaya that feels heavy for its size and has smooth skin with no pitting or cracking. Ripe fruit will have a sweet aroma and be soft enough to hold an impression when gently squeezed (but handle carefully to avoid bruising).
Keep slightly unripe fruit at room temperature until soft and yellow. If ripe, store in a closed paper bag in the refrigerator. Papaya flesh can be frozen in sugar syrup.
Use in salads, desserts, and salsas. Press for juice.
When unripe, steam as a vegetable, dice for soup, or stuff and bake as a savory dish.
Bottle in syrup; make preserves and pickles; dry; or candy/crystallize.
Meat, smoked meats, avocado, chiles, lime, lemon, other tropical fruits, coconut, ginger.
Thai green papaya salad; papaya salsa.
This jumbo-sized fruit has yellow, orange, or pink flesh that is firm and juicy if not quite as intense in flavor as Hawaiian papaya, the type common in supermarkets. Eat fresh or use for sauces and smoothies.
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Also called pawpaw, the papaya grows in tropical or subtropical regions such as Hawaii and South Africa. It can vary in size, shape, and...
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