How to Cut and Eat a Papaya

  • 01 of 08

    Choose a Ripe Papaya

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    Leah Maroney
    • Look for skin that is turning from green to yellow. If a papaya is ripe, you should be able to press your thumb into the flesh.
    • Papayas come in various shapes and sizes. The Hawaiian variety is smaller and pear-shaped, while ​the Caribbean and Asian papayas are large.
    • Both are delicious and brimming with vitamin C plus other nutrients.  Papaya is especially wonderful for anyone with a sensitive stomach or poor digestion (IBS included).
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  • 02 of 08

    Cut the Papaya in Half

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    Leah Maroney

    Place the papaya on a cutting board. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the papaya in half lengthwise.

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  • 03 of 08

    Open the Papaya

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    Leah Maroney

    Open up the papaya and separate it into two sections.

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  • 04 of 08

    Scrape out the Seeds With a Spoon

    Scrape papaya seeds out with a spoon
    Leah Maroney

    Using a large spoon, scrape out the seeds. Try not to cut too deeply with your spoon or you might lose quite a bit of the fruit especially if it is overripe.

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  • 05 of 08

    Scoop out the Fruit and Eat as Is

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    Leah Maroney
    • You can now enjoy the papaya fruit by digging into it with a spoon. Or create papaya "melon balls" with a melon ball scoop or an ice cream scoop as seen here.
    • For other cutting and eating tips, continue on through the next few steps.
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  • 06 of 08

    To Make Papaya Cubes or Wedges, Peel the Papaya

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    Leah Maroney
    • To peel the papaya, hold the fruit vertically and run your knife downward along the skin in long slices. Again, try not to slice too deeply, or you will lose a lot of the fruit.
    • If you're not comfortable using a knife, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin.
    • Alternatively, you can cut the papaya into slices and use a knife to peel the skin off each slice.
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  • 07 of 08

    Slice the Papaya Into Wedges

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    Leah Maroney

    Now turn the papaya over and simply slice into wedges -- as thickly or thinly as you like.  Keep cutting if you want cubes of fruit.

    Papaya wedges are great to serve for breakfast (they look terrific on the side of a plate of eggs and toast). 

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  • 08 of 08

    Drizzle With Lime Juice and Enjoy Your Papaya

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    Leah Maroney

    Here's a great tip: Squeeze a little lime juice over the papaya to take away any unattractive smells and enhance the flavor of the fruit. Or combine your fresh papaya with other fruit in a fresh fruit salad.

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