Green Papaya
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Green Papayas are Papayas of either type (Mexican Papayas or Tropical Papayas) that are not yet Ripe.

Season

Green Papayas typically fruit between 6-9 months (in hot areas) or 9-11 months (in cooler areas) after they are planted. That being said, Green Papaya season is considered to be June through September because that is when North American Green Papaya growers tend to harvest.

Availability

Green Papaya is available year round.

Cultivation

Production

Varieties

Purchasing

Green Papayas are unripe and usually overly hard. They should not be purchased unless you are planning to cook them or use them in an Asian dish. If you are searching for green Papayas for such a dish and can’t find them at the local grocery, try an Asian Market.

Slightly Green Papayas will ripen quickly in a day or two at room temperature. Placing them in a paper bag will speed up the process.

Storage

Green Papayas should be stored at room temperature and will last 1-2 weeks. If you wish to speed up the ripening process, store them in a brown paper bag in a sunny spot for a day or two. If you want the process to go even faster, throw a Banana into the brown paper bag with the Green Papaya.

Culinary Uses

Green Papayas are tart and are often used raw and cooked in South East Asian cooking in curries, stews and salads. Examples include, Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam), Indonesian Lalab Salad (often including the young leaves) and the Thai curry, Kaeng Som.

Portion Size

All 1-2 oz of Green Papaya per person.

Pairings

Cilantro, Cinnamon, Mint, Pepper, Black Pepper, Salt, Sugar, Vanilla, Cashews, Macadamia Nuts, Peanuts, Carrots, Garlic, Ginger, Salads, Bananas, Coconut, Coconut Milk, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquats, Lemons, Mango, Melon, Nectarines, Oranges, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Fish, Yogurt, Honey, Fish Sauce, Vinegar, Rice Vinegar, Salsa

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
PAPAYAS,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 43
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 8mg
3%
Potassium 182mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes