Papaya is a delicious fruit, and it is good for our health because it’s a fibrous fruit that contains vitamins A, C, and K and loads with antioxidants. The most important thing is it supports our immunity system.
It uses for many recipes. Mostly it uses after ripening. If you want to taste good papaya, you have to take papaya to ripe in the tree. But most of us don’t have that opportunity. We usually get papayas from fruit stalls or supermarkets. So here we tell you how to pick good papaya for your different recipes.
If you want to purchase papaya to eat today, then select a yellow color. The color range of ripe papaya is from yellow to yellowish-orange. If you buy papaya of half green and half yellow, then it will be ready to eat in two-three days. If you smell near the step, it must have a sweet and faint scent. Please don’t pick papayas with unpleasant, strong odors because maybe they overripen. And also, you can identify unripe papayas if they have no smell. Be careful unripe papayas are bad for pregnant women.
Maybe you want to use papayas in two three days after purchasing. In these situations, you have to follow some other methods to pick papayas. And here are some other tips that you must follow when buying papayas.
1. How to select good papaya by pressing the skin
Pressing is an excellent way to choose ripe fruits. When you pick a papaya press it gently with your fingers if it yields to pressure, then ripens. But be careful. If you feel soft when pressing, then it is overripened and skin near-step, also sweet and flesh. Avoid if there are damages and mushy spots on the skin. If you want to eat it after four-five days, it is better to buy unripe papaya that is hard when pressing. Asians use unripe papayas to make different salads and curries.
2. How to pick papayas by examining the color
There are different types of papayas. Sunrise, strawberry papaya, solo papaya, mara del, etc. but it is difficult to identify these varieties at the supermarket there. We can see them as yellowish-orange papayas and green papaya. Here we are talking about the yellowish-orange ones because people use this kind of green papayas. Again Yellowish type can be categorized into 2 two groups: red papaya and yellow papaw.
Red papaya is yellow when it ripens after cutting the fruit. You can see its flesh in orange/red color.
Yellow ripe papaws are yellow/orange in color. After cutting it, you can see the flesh is yellow/orange color.
If you want to use the papaya two three days after purchase, then you must select papaya of half green and half yellow color.
3. How to select papayas by examining the stem and base of it
When you consider the end where the stalk was, there must be a yellow color if it is green in color then it is unripe.
If you see mold or mildew in the base, then avoid them. When checking the smell of the papaya, check the scent of the bottom. If the station doesn’t have any smell, then its unripened buy if it has a faint, sweet fragrance. Avoid it if the odor is unpleasant or intense.
4. How to ripe papaya at home
If you failed to find ripe papaya, then you can get unripe papaya and ripe it at home. It helps you to take it at the right time to eat.
If there are green papayas, you can score them from a knife. Be careful to penetrate the sharp blade through the skin. Like this, draw about four lines from tip to tip.
Put the papaya into a brown paper bag with a banana or with an apple. It boosts the riping process.
Keep them on a flat surface at room temperature, but don’t keep them in direct sunlight. This process will help you to ripe papayas in two-three days.
If you want to slow down the riping process and have ripe papayas, keep them in the refrigerator.
5. How to keep ripe papayas for a long time
There is a way to keep ripe papayas for about two-three weeks. But you have to cut papayas into pieces. Here is the way to do that.
First, you have to wash the papaya from cold water. Then remove the outer skin by using a knife and laying it down on a cutting board and cutting it in half. After that, remove the black seeds and cut the flesh into pieces and keep them on a baking sheet. Then freeze them for about two hours. After that, take the frozen sections out and hold them in a sealed container and again put it in the freezer. By doing method, you can stop the riping process as well as be mushy. And also, it helps to prevent changing the flavor.
Why don’t we see seeds in some papayas?
There are some varieties of papaya, and they don’t have seeds, and also some types don’t have seeds because they have not been pollinated. Anyway, the larger the papaya, it has more seeds.
What’s the best time to pick papaya from papaya trees?
There are several stages of riping papayas. So you must try to identify the best time to pick papayas. Otherwise, it will affect the flavor of the fruit.
Now we know whether papaya is ripe or not. We can ripe it at home. But if we try to ripe them while on the tree, we can increase the papayas because the sugar content is growing by leaving it to be ripe itself naturally on the tree.
But it is challenging to protect ripe papayas from animals. Therefore we must try to pick it before they decide to achieve it.
Therefore the best stage to pick the papayas is when it is half green hand half yellow. After picking at this condition, we can ripe it to the next level at home at room temperature by following the above tips.
Also, be careful when picking papayas from trees. try to pick them without damaging the skin; otherwise, the damaged parts will turn too mushy. Then we have to remove these parts when we are eating because they have an overripe flavor.
so we think now you have learned how to pick papayas correctly according to your needs
At last, we like to say give a squish of lime to papaya. It will provide you with a new taste. If you have never tasted papayas, then don’t add anything, just eat it alone.