Papayas are a tropical fruit native to the tropics of America. The fruit is juicy, buttery, and creamy in texture with a mild and very sweet flavor. The aroma of a ripe papaya has been likened to tropical mango or cantaloupe melon. The entire fruit is edible although the skin is usually peeled. The edible black seeds have a spicy flavor similar to peppercorns. Papayas are also rich in papain: a protease that can be used to tenderize meat.
Uses: Papaya is ripe when it is fragrant and soft (but not mushy). Add cubed or blended papaya into your marinades to tenderize tough cuts of meat.
Each papaya weights roughly 3 lbs.