Large papaya, like Caribbean Red papaya, can be intimidating. They’re huge. Weighing up to 4 pounds!
The good news is that Caribbean Reds are also huge in nutritional benefits.
Although you can make lots of salads, smoothies, side dishes, desserts and even meat marinades (papayas have a dietary enzyme in them, more info), enjoying papaya just cut-open as a snack, lunchbox fruit or a simple dinner dessert is what you’ll probably do the most.
- When out in our papaya fields, we slice down the papaya’s long vertical side the entire way then cut a quarter or an eighth of the fruit (like cutting a vertical pie shaped piece out of the fruit). It’s easy to get rid of the seeds and you can eat like you would a slice of watermelon. But it’s not as messy as watermelon.
- Cut across the middle into 2 or 3″ thick slices. You might get lucky and find a “star”. Make a wish if you do. This cut is perfect for wrapping up in a lunch box.
- Cut across the middle, creating 2 halves. Scoop out the seeds of both sides and spoon out some delicious papaya. Or use as bowls for berries.
- Cutting the papaya in half lengthwise is also a possibility. Scoop out the seeds then enjoy the half or cut into your desired portions. No problem eating around the skin.
- When you want the skin off for slicing, here’s the easiest way to get the papaya’s skin off and seeds out.