Based on its beautiful orange-rose colour alone, this avocado-shaped fruit can’t be passed over. The sweet pulp is full of black peppery-tasting seeds that are also edible.
Papayas are available year-round but peak supply is during spring and fall. Choose smaller fruits–those grown in Hawaii are usually the best. Blemished papayas with spots often have good flavour.
When ripe, it will be slightly soft and will last in the fridge for no more than a day or two. To ripen, leave in a dark room for a couple of days.
Halve the papaya and remove its seeds. The seeds can be eaten but they taste peppery. For fruit cups, peel the papaya and chop. On its own, scoop the fruit out like a melon. Papaya is great in milkshakes and dressings.