Carica papaya

Appears in

The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

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Pawpaws/pa payas are available in spring and summer. They vary in size and colour, the most common being the yellow-skinned varieties. The flesh is bleft pink and contains tiny black seeds which have a peppery flavour. Choose fruit which feels slightly soft to the touch. Pawpaws/papayas have a fairly sweet flavour when ripe (similar to apricots and ginger), and make a good breakfast alternative to grapefruit. They can also be used in sweet and savoury salads, desserts and preserves. Peel and scoop out seeds before eating.