Melon-like in taste, papaya neon orange flesh is dotted by a central cavity of black seeds. The seeds are edible. Some use their peppery flavor to enliven the taste of homemade salad dressing. Use thin cut slices of green unripe papaya in savory salads. Ripe papaya is predominantly yellow and has a slightly sweet smell. Use ripe fruit in smoothies, salads, salsas or sprinkle with lime and eat the flesh with a spoon. Papaya contains the natural enzyme papain, which can be used as a meat tenderizer.
Calories in Fruit
One-cup of cubed ripe papaya provides 55 calories, plus vitamins A and C, dietary fiber, and minerals like potassium, magnesium and vitamin K.