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Papaya is delicious all summer long. Choose a ripe fruit that is soft, yellow, and free of black spots. Green, unripe papayas may be thinly sliced for salads or cooked like winter squash.
Rinse under cool water and cut in half. Remove flesh to use in fruit salads or purée into a thick juice. Quick tip: Papaya skin is not edible but its seeds have a peppery taste and can be crushed or left whole and sprinkled on salads.
Halve a ripe papaya, remove the seeds, and scoop out the fruit with a spoon. Eat plain or dip into vanilla yogurt for a simple, healthy snack.
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The information presented in the Food Guide is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.