Choose papaws that are almost fully yellow and slightly soft to touch if you are going to eat them straight away. If not, select fruits with a yellow-green skin and allow them to ripen at room temperature for a few days before consuming.
Papaws can be ripened at room temperature and are ready to eat when the skin is yellow and slightly soft to touch. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days once ripe.
Tips & Tricks:
Papaws are often sliced and eaten on their own, and can be drizzled with fresh lime or lemon for extra flavour.
The fruit is also perfect as an ingredient in a variety of recipes, including breakfast and brunch.
Aside from its health benefits, papain is also used in the following ways:
As a meat tenderiser
As an agent to filter and purify beer
To cleanse, soothe and heal the skin
As a home remedy for the treatment of jellyfish, bee and wasp stings when made into a paste with water.
Combining milk with papaw to create a nutritious breakfast smoothie such as a Papaw Lassi can lead to an increase in the amount of beta-carotene absorbed from the fruit.