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How to Cut a Papaya
Learn how to cut a papaya quickly and easily with this step-by-step guide.
Servings: 4 servings
- 1 large papaya ripe
- ½ lime freshly squeezed
- 1 cup fresh berries strawberries, blueberries (optional)
- fresh mint sprigs (optional)
Place the papaya on a cutting board.
Using a large chef’s knife, cut the papaya lengthwise down the middle. The flesh should be an orange-yellow color.
Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon while removing much flesh. You can eat the seeds in small quantities or discard.
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin of the papaya in long strips. Alternatively, use a paring knife although it's slower.
Cut the flesh into chunks, cubes or wedges as desired. Alternatively, use a melon baller to make balls.
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the cut papaya to enhance flavor and neutralize any unattractive smells.
Combine with optional fresh berries and garnish with fresh mint before serving.
- Make ahead tip: Cut papaya will usually become mushy fairly quickly. You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day or freeze for up to 3 months for use in smoothies.
Serving: 4oz | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 903IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg