All about Caribbean Red papayas


Taste: Similar to a melon in flavor, Caribbean Red papaya is juicy and sweet with a fragrant but not a musky aroma.

Added plus: This fruit’s reddish insides contains papain, an enzyme which helps digestion. It’s beautiful red color is also a nutritional plus...

Ripening: Don’t refrigerate until ripe. Keep fruit at room temperature (between 70 and 80 degrees). More on ripening…

Ripe: Papayas are ripe starting at 50% yellow when they yield to gentle pressure. Papayas sweeten as they ripen. Minor blemishes and spots may occur as they age. Once 100% yellow, enjoy within a day or two.

Open: You can simply cut in half vertically or try these  other ways. Which ever way you desire, go the fastest. See how…

Enjoy: Spoonful, slice or chunks, Caribbean Red papayas are a great snack and perfect addition to any salad – fruit or leaf. Don’t stop there:  blend into exotic smoothies, chop into a veggie topper or slice and add a creamy topping to this fruit for a dessert. So many ways to enjoy, Lots of ways to enjoy

Growing: Guatemala See how they’re grown…

Season: Year-round

Ripening chart

How to tell if a Caribbean Red is ripe and ready to eat.

Is it ripe?

Is it about 50% color and it gives a little with a gentle squeeze? Then yes, it is ripe and raring to eat. As it yellows, Caribbean Reds turn sweeter. But once 100% yellow, enjoy them within a day or two. Ripening chart up close…


Three things set papayas apart from other fruits and veggies. Caribbean Red papaya has a digestive enzyme and it’s a good source of the lycopene and cryptoxanthin.

Big fruit, big Taste

Caribbean Red papayas can weigh up to 6 lbs. That’s a lot of fruit. It’s why in Central America it’s called fruta bomba.

You won’t have any trouble finding ways to enjoy this fruit, grilled, frozen, baked, fried or grilled.

Our Fields

You’re looking at a couple of rows of papaya bushes. Our Caribbean Red papayas are grown, packed and shipped in food safety audited fields in Guatemala. See where and how they’re grown.

EZ way to slice

Once you do it this way, you’ll never do it any other way.  Easy, quick and less mess.

Other ways to open

Slices and cubes of papaya are nice, but you may want to enjoy the fruit in as many ways as possible.  Ideas…  

If you slice across the middle and get a star, it may bring you luck.


You can easily scoop the seeds out to enjoy this fruit. You can also dry the seeds and ground them up into a delicious pepper.

Know ur papaya

Different kinds of papaya out there. Chances are you’ll enjoy them all with a touch of info to know how best to enjoy them.

Lycopene, top nutrient

While papayas are a terrific source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and the digestive enzyme papain, it’s the lycopene that set papayas apart from other fruits.

Results from a variety of epidemiological studies indicate that a high intake of lycopene-rich foods can reduce the risk of several types of cancers, most notably prostate cancer.

Papaya seedling
Papaya seedling


Papayas are fast growing plants. Watch a field grow. Don’t blink!

papaya panorama
papaya panorama

papaya panorama

View a papaya field 360º. Papayas, papayas everywhere!

Papaya Jokes

Who knew papaya could be so funny? The joke’s on papaya, see more…

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