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Papaya, Green Papaya, Maradol Papaya, Strawberry Papaya
Papayas are pear-shaped fruits that can be as long as 20 inches, although most are about 7 inches long and weigh about one pound. Their flesh is orange with either yellow or pink hues. Papaya has a sweet taste and buttery consistency. It has black, round seeds that can be eaten but taste bitter. Green papaya is unripe and and has a more sour taste. It is traditionally used in Asian dishes.
- Choose soft papayas with reddish-orange skin.
- Papayas with yellow spots will be less ripe.
- Green papayas should only be purchased if you're making a specific dish, like Green Papaya Salad.
- Papayas that aren't fully ripe can be placed in a paper bag with a banana to speed up ripening.
- Papayas can be stored on the counter for 1-2 days.
- Ripe papayas should be kept in the refridgerator and eaten within 2-4 days.
- Enjoy in a fruit salad or make pineapple salsa.
- Papaya can be eaten like a melon. Wash the fruit, cut lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and then eat the fruit with a spoon.
- You can also peel the papaya, cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and then slice it or cut it into pieces.
- Add it to fruit salads or enjoy with yogurt and lemon or lime juice squeezed on top.
Why It's Great
- Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
- Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
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