Mexican Papaya
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Two kinds of Papayas are commonly found in domestic grocery stores. The Mexican Papaya, sometimes called “Red Papaya” or “Giant Papaya,” has a red orange skin and orange flesh. Mexican Papayas are known for having a blander, sometimes bitter flavor.

Mexican papayas are much larger than Tropical Papayas, the other most common type and can grow to be as large as 10 pounds per unit.

Mexican Papayas are primarily grown in Mexico and Belize. “Maradol,” “Sunrise,” and “Caribbean Red” are some Mexican Papaya varieties.


Before buying a Mexican Papaya, visually inspect the fruit. Don’t buy Mexican Papaya that has visible mold or mildew growing on the base where the stem was. Smell the base. You should be able to smell the scent of the Mexican Papaya. If it smells bad or fermented, the fruit is bad. A few black spots on the skin won’t affect the taste of the Mexican Papaya but you should avoid overly bruised product.


Ripe Mexican Papayas should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and used within 1 or 2 days. They will keep for a week but are best used early.

Culinary Uses

Smart Kitchen has more information on Papayas in our Papaya Resource and an exercise on properly Prepping Papaya for use in the kitchen in our lesson content.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of Mexican Papaya per person.


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Tropical Papaya

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 43
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 8mg
Potassium 182mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
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.
Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie