Papaya Tips, Tricks and Facts
Learn how to pick, store, peel, chill and enjoy this vitamin rich powerhouse fruit all year round.
Bright orange/red flesh
Often pear shaped
Often green/yellow skin
Choosing a papaya
Red Papaya is ripe when skin is green/yellow. When ripe, cut fruit should have bright orange/red flesh. Both fruits are ripe when yield to gentle pressure.
Distinct yellow flesh
Often rounder and larger
Often pale orange skin
Less sweet flavour
Choosing a papaw
To ripen fruit store between 20 – 25°C
Fruit that is partially yellow should be left at room temperature and will ripen in a few days. If you want to speed this process, place in a paper bag with a banana.
Ripe fruit should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within one or two days, so you can enjoy their maximum flavour.
Seasonality and growing
Papaya and Papaw are available all year round with increased supply during Autumn and Spring.