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Choose a Ripe Papaya
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- 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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Cut the Papaya in Half
Place the papaya on a cutting board. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the papaya in half lengthwise.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Open the Papaya
Open up the papaya and separate it into two sections.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Scrape out the Seeds With a Spoon
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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Scoop out the Fruit and Eat as Is
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- 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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To Make Papaya Cubes or Wedges, Peel the Papaya
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- 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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Slice the Papaya Into Wedges
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).Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Drizzle With Lime Juice and Enjoy Your Papaya