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.