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Paw paw (also known as papaya and 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 paw paw?
When selecting paw paw, 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 paw paw should give off a sweet and aromatic aroma. Then we confirm the ripeness by making sure the papaw is largely yellow in colour and yields slightly to the touch. Finally, we check for any handling injuries (especially important because of paw paw’s delicate structure), such as broken skin, soft spots or bruises.
Where do we source our paw paw from?
Papaws require tropical to subtropical growing environments (similar to their native environment in the tropics and subtropics of America). We only source Australian paw paws – 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 paw paw?
Paw paw 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.
Paw paw nutritional information
Paw paw contains the enzyme papain, which digests proteins (great as a meat tenderizer!!). Papain concentration is higher in unripe paw paw. Paw paw 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. Paw paws many benefits include providing protection against diseases associated with free radical damage such as cancer and heart disease, and for the treatment of a variety of conditions such as indigestion, allergies and causes of trauma.
Paw paw seasonal information
Paw paws are available year round.
Paw paw serving tips and suggestions
To eat, remove the seeds and slice into segments. Paw paws contain an enzyme known as papain, which helps tenderize meat, making it a good ingredient for marinades. Try using some paw paw to marinate meats as it is a great natural tenderizer!