What is papaya?

The papaya is an oblong fruit that is found in South America, Asia, and Central and South Africa. The fruit is green on the tree and the skin becomes more yellow the riper the papaya gets. Papayas are also called “tree melons”. The fruit grows directly on the tree’s trunk. The trees bear fruit year-round. A ripe papaya has orange flesh and seeds which are not consumed. The flesh has a subtle, melon-like flavour.

Where does papaya come from?

The papaya originated in South America. Yex has three papaya varieties available: the Formosa papaya from Brazil, the Solo papaya flown in from Ghana, and the Solo papaya brought in by boat from Ecuador.

How do you store a papaya?

Before selling, preferably store the papayas in a cool, dry place at 10 to 13 degrees Celsius. Within the home, we recommend storing the papaya in a dark place outside the refrigerator. A ripe papaya is yellow and should hold a slight imprint when you press on it with the palm of your hand.

How do you eat a papaya?

Slice the papaya like a melon; cut the fruit in half length-wise and remove the black seeds. Cut the papaya into slices and remove the skin. The flesh is delicious as is, but is also very tasty in a fruit salad.

Papaya contains a protein-degrading enzyme (cysteine protease) called papain, which makes the flesh softer. This is why papaya is often eaten with various meat dishes. The papain also makes the papaya easily digestible.

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Passport Papaya

Name Papaya  
Family Caricaceae  
Origin South America  
Source Brasil, Ecuador, Ghana  
Availability Year-round  
Packaging Ask about the options  
Brand Discovered  

Growing areas Papaya

Discovered Papaya

Papaya goes under our brand Discovered. The packaging on Discovered products provides not only details about their source and flavour – and the standard table of nutritional values – but also explains how the product should be stored and prepared.


Go to the website of Discovered for more information, recipes and tips!