How To Ripen Papaya

by gg-editor on March 14, 2012

How to Ripen a Green Papaya

With a sharp knife, lightly score the firm green papaya skin lengthwise

from stem to tip in three places. If you score it too deeply, it begins to

rot. If you do it right, it will ripen the papaya in about 3-5 days

depending upon the variety and size. You’ll see it begin to turn orange

about the second day after scoring. If you pick a green papaya of full

size, it almost never will ripen off the tree. This ‘trick’ is useful if a

heavy frost is predicted. That way, you can pick several green papayas,

and by scoring, you can get some ripe fruit. This was taught to me by a woman

originally from Puerto Rico, who has lived in the US for over a decade. She

also gave me the recipe for candied papaya which she learned in her country-

and some of the treats she made for me. I’ve grown papaya for about 15 yrs,

and never knew the ‘trick’ before she taught me this winter!

Christina Bellamy



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Brenon Duff August 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Thank you Christina. I had never heard that, and it will come in handy sometime, I’m sure.


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