5 ways to cut-open large papaya

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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.

1. A sliver of papaya.

1. A sliver of papaya.

  1. 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.

    2 and 3 Cut star-shaped slices, horizontally.

    2 and 3 Cut star-shaped slices, horizontally.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.

    4. Cut in half, then into pieces

    4. Cut in half, then into pieces

  4. 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.

    5. Cutting slices.

    5. Cutting slices.

  5. When you want the skin off for slicing, here’s the easiest way to get the papaya’s skin off and seeds out.