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.
Toss papaya slices into green salads for a burst of color and tropical flavor.
Stuff the hollowed-out centers of papaya halves with a creamy chicken or tuna salad for a quick and easy summer entrée.
Add papaya chunks to summer smoothies and shakes.
Stir sweet, juicy papaya chunks into yogurt or cottage cheese.
Top pancakes, waffles or French toast with papaya slices for a special touch at the breakfast table.
Garnish glasses of sparkling water, iced tea and fruit punch with papaya chunks for a tropical touch.
Grill papaya chunks on kabobs along with shrimp or scallops and serve over cooked rice for a sizzling summer entrée.
Purée papaya chunks in a food processor or blender, then drizzle over angel food cake slices or scoops of vanilla ice cream for an easy, luscious dessert.
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