19 Papaya

A FRUIT ENTHUSIAST'S DIARY


19. PAPAYA 

May 2024

 

Fruit -Papaya

 

Variety - No identification, we’re currently trying to find out from

the supplier

 

LocationUnited Kingdom 🇬🇧


Bought from – Sample from the supplier

 

Cost - Not available from us at the moment

 

GrownColombia


Description - We usually receive Brazilian or Spanish papayas (Brazil is the main exporter of papayas to the UK), so I really enjoyed trying these papayas from Colombia!


I was struck by the wonderful colour of the skin: whereas Brazilian papayas ripen from green to yellow, these papayas had an eye-catching golden-orange colour.


Inside, there was deep-orange flesh and only a small seed cavity. One of the most annoying things about papayas is when they have lots of seeds, as this means you have less flesh to enjoy, so I was pleased that this variety didn’t have many!


The flesh itself was soft and fibreless, with an almost melt-in-the-mouth creaminess. As well as being slightly juicier than other varieties, these Colombian papayas surprised me with their lack of muskiness.

Although papayas have a tropical and sweet flavour, you can also usually taste musky undertones, which puts some people off eating them.


However, this variety has none of the musky notes, and instead had a mouthwatering honeyed-sweetness!


I loved the flavour so much that I’d have to rate these as the best papayas I’ve had this year!


Storage - To maintain freshness, store your papayas in refrigeration.


Rating - 8.75/10. The flavour is amazing and I would definitely recommend these to people who are looking for sweet papayas. However, I think they could do with a stronger kick of sweetness – I’ll still go for a super-sweet mango when I want to satisfy my sugar cravings!


Available from My Exotic Fruit?

Not at the moment.


Do we sell Colombian papaya seeds and seedlings? 

Not at the moment.


Do you have something interesting to tell us about Colombian papayas, or any other fruits that we sell? 

We'd love to hear from you! Email us on blog@myexoticfruit.com and, with your permission, we'll add your information to our website.