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A bowl of fruit salad made with fresh papaya
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How to Cut a Papaya

Learn how to cut a papaya quickly and easily with this step-by-step guide.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: World
Keyword: how to cut a papaya, how to eat papaya, papaya
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 43kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 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