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Papaya

Source & Availability
Available all year.

Selection
Select papayas that are green to green and yellow. Unripe papayas will be green and firm. Ripe papayas will be yellow with green and the skin will yield slightly when pressed. Avoid papayas with soft spots or bruises.

Tips
Green papaya can be used in salsa and added to stews or soups like a vegetable. Papaya seeds are peppery and can be pulverized for salad dressing and marinade. Add a slice of lemon or lime to a papaya half at breakfast or lunch to enhance the papaya flavor.

Storage
Store unripe papayas at room temperature away from sunlight. To quickly ripen a papaya, place in a brown paper bag with an apple. To store a ripe papaya, keep it in the crisper bin of your refrigerator, away from vegetables, for a day or two.

Usage
Wash papayas carefully in cool water before using. Papayas should be peeled and seeded before eating.
SERVING SIZE 1/2 papaya (140g)
AMOUNT PER SERVING
CALORIES 70
CALORIES from fat 0
% DAILY VALUE *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 10g 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 150%
Calcium 4%
Iron 2%
Folate 10%
* PERCENT DAILY VALUES ARE
BASED ON A 2,000 CALORIE DIET.