When Is A Papaya Ripe?

by Belinda
(Los Angeles, CA)

I grew a papaya tree from a seed at my grandmother's house. It has fruit on it now, but we don't know how to tell when is a papaya ripe? What color is ripe papaya?

If we pick it too soon, can it ripen in the house?


Answer

Congratulations on raising a bearing papaya from seed!

Most papayas turn yellow or orange as they ripen. You don't have to wait until the skin is completely yellow. They are ready to harvest when most of the skin has colored.

The fruit may be too hard to eat as soon as you pick it. You can let it soften for several days in the house at room temperature before eating it.

Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.

Papayas that are completely green will not ripen off the tree so wait until they begin to change color. If frost is threatening and the fruit is full size but still green, pick it.

Green papaya should not be eaten raw but you can boil it and eat it as a vegetable.

You may be interested to know that the young papaya leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach.

Enjoy your papaya harvest.

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