Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tropical papaya ripe for salsas, desserts, main dishes.(Final)

Byline: New Mexico's Own Patricia Aaron For the Journal

Do you look at all those jewels in the produce section and then buy the same old broccoli and zucchini? This summer, Patricia Aaron will introduce you to some items you might not use regularly. This week: Meet papaya.

Warm rain and bright sunshine produce tropical fruits with special shapes, colors and flavors. Botanically classified as a large berry, the pear-shaped, rosy-golden papaya is such a fruit. It's native to the tropical regions of America, India and Tahiti.

DESCRIPTION: Although the papaya looks something like a melon or squash, it is a tree-grown fruit. The papaya measures 5 to 6 inches long and weighs about 1 pound.

The smooth, green outer skin turns golden-orange when ripe, and encases a golden to rosy flesh that is firm, smooth-textured and slightly crunchy. …

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