It has a pear shape and an average weight of 500g. It has a good quality orange-red pulp and a starry internal cavity with a softer texture. It can be consumed when the skin is over 50% yellow, since that is the point of ideal flavor and texture.
Because it is rich in fiber, it is beneficial for bowel function. The orange color comes from lycopene, which because it is a carotenoid is an antioxidant. It has a firm and reddish pulp, and should be consumed at a point of maturity where the rind is at least 80% yellow.
Benefits of papaya
- It contains a high percentage of water, 89%, therefore its energy value is low.
- Significant amount of Vitamin A
- Source of vitamin C
- Rich in folic acid
- Important role in digestion
- Rich in beta carotenes
- Rich in potassium
- Rich in fiber