Juicy, sweet, and oh-so-delicious. Papaya is an exotic tropical fruit native to Central and South America, Hawaii, and Mexico. It’s said that Christopher Columbus once called papaya “the fruit of the angels.” Pairing greatly with both savory dishes and desserts, this melon-like flesh is bright orange and known for its dynamic black seeds, which are edible but bitter. In some areas, the papaya is mistakenly referred to as pawpaw, although the true pawpaw is a completely different fruit.
J&C Tropicals carries solo and tainung papaya varieties.
- Cut vertically in half.
- Remove seeds with a spoon.
- Either cut the halves into slices or scoop out the flesh.
- Eat on its own or in a salad, dessert, or blended drink.
- Pair with an entrée by grilling or topping with lime juice.
Papayas will ripen within a few days at room temperature. Once ripe, place whole fruit in a sealed bag in the refrigerator, and it should last about 1 week.
Guatemala, Brazil & Mexico
- Interesting enough, papaya contains papain, an enzyme that can be used to tenderize meat
- Powerful antioxidant effects come from carotenoids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which also helps with immune support
Serving Size: 1 whole
Good Source of Fiber
Provides Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, and potassium.
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