Papaya is loved for its tropical flavor and seemingly endless health benefits. Fresh papaya’s texture is much like ripe cantaloupe, with a flavor that brings to mind mango, peach and a hint of banana.. Shaped something like a cross between a large pear and a football (and about the size of one), papaya is a tropical fruit known best for its juicy, deep orange flesh that’s loaded with shiny, dark seeds in the center.
The star of the papaya show is absolutely it’s uniquely orange flesh that’s enjoyed raw or cooked into countless sweet and savory dishes. The black seeds have a bitter flavor and a heat that allows them to be used kinda like peppercorns. Papaya peel is waxy and fibrous, and therefore discarded as inedible.
What to know how to tell when a papaya is ripe? It’s easy. First, their skin will be a golden yellow color. Little to no green should remain on the skin once ripe. The fruit should feel heavy in your hand, and yield to gentle pressure from your thumb, similar to an avocado.
Papaya is an incredibly tasty and satisfying snack that just so happens to be good for you, too! The generous fiber content of papaya helps you feel full. Plus, papayas contain an enzyme called papain that’s known to support digestive health because it helps break down proteins. Its vitamin C content boosts your immunity and helps to prevent arthritis, while vitamin A is great for eye health. Papayas are also linked to cancer prevention due to their high antioxidant content.
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