Although many people are unfamiliar with papayas, their sweetness makes them a tasty, nutritious snack.
Papaya can be ripened in a dark area at room temperature or by placing it in a paper bag with a banana to accelerate the ripening process. It should be wrapped in a plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator.
Papayas can be cut and added to fruit salads or eaten raw, with or without the skin. Papaya can also be used in fruit drinks. It can be cooked and added to curries, salads and stew. Can also be baked, stewed, sauteed or barbecued. Turn it into a sauce for pouring over desserts like shortcake or ice cream or jam. Also use it in pies or other pastries.