What pear-shaped fruit resembles a melon on the inside but is botanically a berry? Juicy, sweet papaya! Called "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus, this tropical gem has thin, green-gold skin and yellow to pinkish flesh that is similar to melon in texture and flavor. In the center of the flesh is a large cavity filled with small, black edible seeds that have a peppery taste.
Almost all papayas sold in the U.S. are grown in Hawaii and Florida. Early summer is their peak season, so take a few home to enjoy in salads, smoothies and desserts.