Papaya has a unique taste that many people love. However, ripeness is key.
An unripe or overly ripe papaya can taste very different from one at its peak of ripeness.
When optimally ripe, papaya should be yellow to orange-red in color, although a few green spots are fine. It should yield to gentle pressure, similar to an avocado.
Like the mango, its flavor is best when cold, so it's a good idea to keep it refrigerated whenever possible.
It's also an incredibly versatile fruit.
After washing it well, you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and eat it out of the rind with a spoon, like cantaloupe or melon.
It can also be combined with other foods that complement its flavor.
Here are a few easy recipe ideas using 1 small papaya: