How to Choose Papayas

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Spring to early summer is the major season for papayas, with another peak in the fall. However, these tasty fruits are available year-round.

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  • Papayas
  • Choose papayas intermediate in color between green and yellow.

  • Look for papayas that are slightly soft.

  • Avoid papayas with shriveled or bruised skin.

  • Make sure the papayas you choose have no odor.

Tips & Warnings

  • If only green papayas are available, allow them to ripen at room temperature in a paper bag. You'll know they are ripe when they are almost completely yellow orange and are soft when pressed. Store ripe papayas in the refrigerator.
  • Look in Latin American markets for Mexican papayas. Although these papayas are not as sweet as other varieties, they are much larger. A Mexican papaya usually weighs about 10 lbs.
  • Papayas are commonly eaten raw, perhaps in fruit or other salads. They're also great in smoothies.

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