While my wife does most of the cooking in our home I have always enjoyed going into our kitchen periodically and whipping something up.
Fruits are not only good for your diet and health but they are also tasty and easy to serve. One of the benefits of modern transportation is the ease with which fresh produce can be transported from farm to store shelves thereby allowing people the opportunity to consume fresh fruit regardless of where they live.
Given the fact that many fruits require specific climates and seasons, this ability to transport fruits quickly results in a greater variety of fruits available to people regardless of their geographic location or season.
Thus, tropical fruits are available in stores in temperate and cold climates as well as farmers markets in the tropics and seasonal fruits like apples and grapes can be imported and made available the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months there and vice versa for the Southern Hemisphere.
Papaya is a Tropical Fruit
Fresh fruits are also easy to prepare and eat. For many types of fruit it is often simply a matter of picking them and eating them or bringing them home from the store and eating them. Sometimes a little preparation is necessary with some fruits like watermelons which are easier to eat when cut and sliced. Others, like mangoes, can be picked up and eaten but are less messy when pealed and cut up.
Because of their thick skin, papayas are another fruit that is best cut and sliced before eating.
Papayas are a tropical fruit which originated in Mexico but are now grown and harvested in many parts of the tropics.
As a child, I heard my Father describe eating papayas while in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II and also by my Grandmother who spent her winters in Florida where they were also grown. However, it wasn't until I was an adult and traveled to Mexico and Central America myself that I had the opportunity to try them myself.
Of course, once I moved to Tucson papayas could easily be found on store shelves. Not that they are easily grown here but, being close to Mexico and with a large Mexican population living here, there is strong demand for them and stores regularly stock them.
Preparing A Papaya To Eat
Preparing a papaya to eat is the same as preparing a melon as the skin and texture of the fruit are similar to the skin and texture of a cantaloupe or honeydew melon. The main difference is that a papaya has an oblong shape while honeydews and cantaloupes are round.
My preferred way of preparing is to slice the papaya in half lengthwise and then slice each half into narrower slices and serve. You can also take a knife, peel the skin off each slice and then cut the skinned fruit into bite size pieces. Cutting them up like this requires a little more time but makes them less messier and easier to eat with a fork.
Preparing and Serving Papaya
Serving and Eating Papaya
The fruit of the papaya is soft but firm, similar to the fruit of a cantaloupe but a little softer. They have a mild taste and can be consumed alone.
My first experience eating papaya was while staying with friends in their home in Monterrey, Mexico. The first breakfast I was served in their home included papaya cut up on a plate to which one of them instructed me to pour honey over the papaya before eating.
Eating papaya with honey is a good way to eat them although I later discovered that they are good alone as well. Another way that I have come to enjoy papaya for breakfast is to mix yogurt with the papaya which is also tasty and has the added benefit of fewer calories.
While papaya are good to eat any time, I have found them to be one of the many fruits that taste good, are healthy and can be prepared quickly and easily all of which makes them an ideal breakfast fruit.
When cut into bite size chunks the fruit can be served alone in a bowl and eaten with a spoon or fork. You can also combine the papaya chunks with with chunks of other fruit and serve as a fruit salad. I frequently mix the papaya chunks with some yogurt and granola.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Chuck Nugent
lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on November 19, 2012:
i used to hate papaya, but since i found out how great and healthy they are i started eating them with lemon squeezed on it. we should all eat papaya....thanks for the hub.
Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on March 27, 2012:
jenniferg78 - thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed this Hub. While papaya is good, especially with honey or yogurt, you might want to try mangos, another tropical fruit, first as, while messier, they are sweeter and juicier than papaya.
jenniferg78 from Philadelphia, PA on March 27, 2012:
Great post thanks. I certainly don't eat enough fruit! Looking forward to trying some of these suggestions.
mathira from chennai on November 13, 2011:
Papaya has always been my favorite fruit and a good article about it.
ali gill on September 01, 2011:
dont you eat the seeds you lightweight.
they're massively beneficial and just take some getting used to before being no problem to eat - need to train the tastebuds first 3 or 4 times.
i eat papaya with coconut for breakfast
Brinafr3sh from West Coast, United States on April 07, 2011:
Nice article, I never ate papayas but I will be buying one soon.I believe most individuals should try a new food at least every month. (vote up)thanks
CollB on March 27, 2011:
Superb hub. I've eaten papaya once before but now that I've seen these suggestions, I might try them. Unfortunately, those who have diabetes seem to not be able to eat them much!
lex123 on November 28, 2010:
I haven't tried papaya for breakfast. But we often use it just as a fruit, or mixed with other fruits. We also make jam with papaya. Even raw papaya is used for preparing delicious dishes.
richtwf on August 31, 2010:
Enjoyable article. Papaya is great for our digestive system.
I didn't use to like tropical fruits but now I can't get enough of them, especially papaya and mango. Papaya milk shake is absolutely divine, and if you've never tried it then I thoroughly recommend it!
Sarah from Indiana on April 14, 2010:
great pictures! I have wanted to try to buy papaya, but did not know how to tell if it is ripe!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 15, 2009:
papaya is kind of fruit that have a lot of benefit for our healthy.for example for our eyes.thanks for posting this article
gr8archer45 from Pakistan on April 29, 2009:
Excellent info & equally nice links! Chuck u really are a pro!
Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on April 06, 2009:
Thanks everyone for visiting and for commenting.
And, Yes G-Ma Johnson, all of the pictures above were taken by me as are most of the pictures that I use in my Hubs.
Dottie1 from MA, USA on April 06, 2009:
I have never tried papaya but now you've got me wanting some!
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on April 06, 2009:
Yes, mangos and papayas are some of my favorites long with kiwi, the king of vitsamin c
Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on April 06, 2009:
Looks good...and you took the pics? great job could almost reach out and grab a piece...I have the same breakfast serving tray....hummm brkfst in bed..sure I'd love it...but seriously I really haven't tried papaya and think I shall...Thanks...G-Ma :O) Hugs
Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on April 06, 2009:
KT pdx - that is funny, although your cousing was right as papaya does look somewhat like squash.
Thanks for your comment.
KT pdx from Vancouver, WA, USA on April 06, 2009:
I first had papaya for breakfast when on vacation in Hawaii. It was excellent, and became a staple in my family even though we live in the northwestern U.S.
One funny story: when my younger cousin (7 or 8 at the time) saw the papaya being sliced, she said, "Squash...for BREAKFAST???" We all still have a good laugh at that, even her.
Capri Diem on April 05, 2009: