Papaya is one of the few fruits that are available all year round and consumed regularly. In fact, health experts recommend eating papaya every other day for smooth digestion. The fruit also provides us with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, which boost our immunity. And let’s not forget how incredibly delicious the fruit is. Papaya wins all of the brownie points in terms of taste and health, but when it comes to cutting it, it loses some. If you want to know how to pick the perfect papaya from the market and know the right way to cut it, keep reading.
But first, we will address the doubt that pops into the mind every time before cutting a papaya.
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When should papaya be cut?
The ideal time to cut papayas is when they are beginning to ripen. Raw papaya may not be palatable to eat straight away and overripe papaya may be harmful to health.
How do you know that papaya is almost ripe?
Check the color of the papaya’s outer skin. It should change from green to yellow — not all green, not all yellow. Also check for spots and mushy on the ends. If the sides are too squishy, leave them out. A healthy papaya should be slightly soft without a lot of black spots.
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How to cut a papaya – 7 easy steps:
Step 1 Wash the papaya and leave it to dry.
Step 2 Cut its ends from both sides with a sharp knife.
Step 3 Place the papaya on the chopping surface lengthwise and cut it in half.
Step 4 Take a spoon and scoop out the seeds and pulp from the middle part of both halves. Make sure not to cut the meat.
Fifth step – Remove the outer shell with a peeler. Use a knife if the skin is thick.
Step 6 Cut the halves into long strips, half of each thickness.
Step 7 Cut all slices into small cubes and serve.
These simple steps will help you get the perfect papaya chunks, which you can enjoy as is or with seasonings of black salt, lemon juice or chaat masala. If you’re lucky enough to find the perfect sweet papaya, you don’t even need any seasoning.
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