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How to choose, prepare, and store Papayas.
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Buying Papayas

Look for: papayas that are mostly yellow and a little green to fully ripen at home. Papaya is fully ripe when it is bright yellow. Also choose papaya that are firm, yielding to gentle pressure, have smooth skin and are heavy for their size.

Avoid: papaya that have blemishes, cuts and are overly soft.

Seasonality: All year

Storing Papayas

Refrigerate ripe papayas in a plastic bag up to 1 week. To speed ripening, place in a brown paper bag at room temperature. Once the papaya ripens, refrigerate immediately, up to 3 days.

Preparing Papayas

The seeds and flesh are edible. Cut the fruit in half, scoop out the seeds, and eat with a spoon. Or remove the skin with a vegetable peeler, set aside the seeds and cut the fruit.

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