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Papaya (also known as paw paw or tree melon) has a unique flavour and a consistency similar to a mango. It can be enjoyed fresh, with passionfruit and yoghurt, combined in a fruit salad, or served as an accompaniment to chicken, veal or seafood.

How do we make sure we provide top quality papaya?

When selecting papaya, we make sure the skin is firm and unblemished. We accommodate for some ‘winter freckle’ during the winter months, which is characteristic of the season. Next, we check the smell – the papaya should give off a sweet and aromatic aroma. Then we confirm the ripeness by making sure the papaya is largely yellow in colour and yields slightly to the touch. Finally, we check for any handling injuries (especially important because of papaya’s delicate structure), such as broken skin, soft spots or bruises.

Where do we source our papaya?

Papaya requires tropical to subtropical growing environments (similar to their native environment in the tropics and subtropics of America). We only source Australian papayas – from the North coast of New South Wales, the Darwin region of the Northern Territory, or the Gympie, Innisfail or Sunshine Caost regions of Queensland.

What is the best way to keep papaya?

Papaya store best at 15°C and between 85%-95% relative humidity. Don’t store them below 13°C, they are susceptible to chilling injury at these temperatures. They are best ripened at room temperature (place in a paper bag with a banana). Ripe papaya should be consumed within two days.

Papaya nutritional information

Papaya contains the enzyme papain, which digests proteins. It is also great as a meat tenderizer! Papain concentration is higher in unripe papaya. Papaya contains plenty of vitamin C and vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. They are also a good source of potassium, dietary fibre and vitamin B1. Papayas many benefits include providing protection against diseases associated with free radical damage (such as cancer and heart disease), and for the treatment of indigestion.

Papaya seasonal information

Papaya is available year round.

Papaya serving tips and suggestions

Best eaten raw, with the seeds scooped out (seeds can be saved, dried and used like peppercorns), papaya can also be used in salsa, added to marinades, enjoyed in salads, juices, smoothies, cold soups, even skewered and grilled.

*All weights are approx*

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$6.99 each

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