Select papayas that are firm with some yellow streaks and free of blemishes. 

Varieties to Explore
Maradol Papaya 
Strawberry Papaya 

Nutrient Content Claims
Fat free, Saturated fat free, Cholesterol free, Very low in sodium, High in vitamin C, Good source of copper 

Health Claims 

Dietary Fat & Cancer: Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers. Papayas are fat free.

Sodium & Hypertension:

  • Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors. 
    Papayas are very low in sodium. 
  • Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Papayas are very low in sodium. 
  • Papayas, as part of a low sodium diet, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. 

Dietary Saturated Fat & Cholesterol & Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease. Papayas contain no fat, saturated fat, or cholesterol

Fruits & Vegetables & Cancer: Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, vitamin A, or vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C. 


Keep papayas at room temperature for 2 – 3 days until they are totally yellow to orange.


Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Papaya 

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Presence in Ethnic Foods 
Asian / Chinese, Japanese, Korean / South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) / African / Cuban, Puerto Rican / Latino / Mexican / Pacific Islands 


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