Aussie-grown papaya and papaw are available all year round, with peaks in spring and autumn. An abundance of rain will mean a bumper crop this year! ! It’s available in two main varieties – Yellow papaw is rounder than papaya, with yellow/orange skin, bright yellow/orange flesh and a less sweet flavour. Red papaya is a pear-shaped tropical fruit with green/yellow skin. It has bright orange, smooth flesh and a sweet flavour.
When selecting the fruit, give your papaya a gentle squeeze under the stem. If it’s ripe, it will give slightly. If it’s a bit hard, ripen your papaya in the fruit bowl then store it in the fridge. To prepare papaya cut it in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. You can also cut it into segments, slice off the skin with a knife, then into cubes as desired.