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Papaya facts and general information about papayas.


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Papaya is Available:

Summer

How Does Papaya Grow:

On a tree in warm tropical areas.

What to Look for When Buying Papaya:

Papaya should yield slightly when pressed. They have a smooth skin and should be mostly yellow. You can buy a little greener and ripen at home.

Papaya Storage Tips:

Store at room temperature if papaya needs to ripen. If ripe, it can be stored in the fridge.

How to Cook with Papaya:

Slice in half and scoop out seeds. Chop and use in salads, salsas, main dishes or eat as is.

Papaya Nutrition Facts:

Papaya aid in digestion. They contain Vitamin C, folate, potassium, fiber, Vitamin A and lycopene.

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Papaya Recipes: 

Tropical Fruit Salsa

1 Cup pineapple chunks
2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1 mango, cut lengthwise in half, pitted and chopped
1 papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Tablespoon finely chopped red onion
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Mix fruit and onion together. Pour lime juice over top and stir in cilantro. You can add hot peppers if desired. Chill for 1 hour.

Fruity Ham Bundles

1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp orange marmalade
1/3 lb. ham, cut into 4 in wide strips
papaya, peeled and sliced
Mix together cream cheese and marmalade. Spread mixture over a ham slice and top with a piece of papaya. Secure with a toothpick. Chill until ready to serve.

Papaya Cooking Ideas


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