The flesh, also golden, is juicy and smooth, with an exotic sweet-tart flavor.  The center cavity is packed with gelatin covered seeds.  Papayas are available year-round.

A blotchy, deeply colored papaya often packs more flavor.  Test for ripeness by tough; it should yield to gentle pressue.  A green papaya ripens quicly at room temperature.  Refrigerate ripe frui and use as soon as possible.

Ripe papays are best eaten raw.  Green papaya can be cooked as a vegetable.  Halve the papaya and remove the seeds.  Seeds are edible, but very peppery.  the skin is easlit removed with a vegetable peeler.  Serve papaya halved with lime or cubed with other fruits.