How to Cook Papaya

by Rebecca Guevara ; Updated September 28, 2017

Papaya is a great addition to fruit salad.

Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images

The papaya is a soft, sweet-tasting fruit that can be used in multiple dishes or eaten by itself. This delicious fruit is also really nutritious. It is full of antioxidants and potassium. It is also a good source of vitamin A,C, and D. Papaya can be prepared quickly and easily, ready to be added to a dish or eaten by itself.

Wash the papaya.

Remove the peel with a paring knife or peeler.

Cut the papaya in half lengthwise.

Remove the seeds with a spoon (if desired). The seeds are edible, but have a peppery flavor.

Depending on how you want to eat the papaya, you can either use a spoon and eat it like a melon, or cut it into pieces and use it in fruit salad, salsa or smoothies.


  • If adding the papaya to a fruit salad, add it last and combine gently or it will become mushy. To pick a good papaya, look for one that is completely yellow rather than yellow with green streaks.

Our Everyday Video

Brought to you by LEAFtv
Brought to you by LEAFtv

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images

About the Author

Rebecca Guevara has been writing for the Air Force for more than five years. She is a certified personal trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and has been a physical fitness leader in the military since 2007. Guevara holds an Associate of Science in aviation operations and is finishing her bachelor’s degree in management.