How to Eat Papaya. The tropical papaya is commonly served in salads or made into sauces, jams, pickles or juice. Even though it might look mysterious, it's easy to prepare.
Wash the papaya in cool water.
Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.
Peel and slice it into sections, or use a melon baller to scoop out the fruit.
Save the papaya seeds for use as a garnish or to dry and grind into a pepper-like seasoning. Papayas have an enzyme called papain that breaks down protein, making it a great meat tenderizer. Wrap papaya leaves around meat before baking or grilling, or marinate papaya chunks with meat before cooking.