All about Caribbean Red papayas
Taste: Similar to a melon in flavor, Caribbean Red papaya is juicy and sweet with a fragrant but not a musky aroma.
Added plus: This fruit’s pinkish flesh contains papain, an enzyme which helps digestion.
Ripening: Don’t refrigerate until ripe. Keep fruit at room temperature (between 70 and 80 degrees). More on ripening…
Ripe: Papayas are ripe starting at 50% yellow when they yield to gentle pressure. Papayas sweeten as they ripen. Minor blemishes and spots may occur as they age. Once 100% yellow, enjoy within a day or two.
Enjoy: Spoonful, slice or chunks, Caribbean Red papayas are a great snack and perfect addition to any salad – fruit or leaf. Don’t stop there: blend into exotic smoothies, chop into a veggie topper or slice and add a creamy topping to this fruit for a dessert. So many ways to enjoy, Lots of ways to enjoy
Growing: Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. See how they’re grown…
Ethylene Production and Sensitivity: High
Shelf Life: Once 100% yellow, the papaya should be enjoyed within two to three days.
Storage: 50° – 55°F
Humidity: 85% – 95%
Caribbean Red papayas deserve at least 3 spots.
- This big fruit is hard to miss. It’s size and gorgeous color easily signals the tropical or specialty section in your store.
- Slice this papaya open, package it with a spoon and a slice of lime for the perfect snack or the customer who needs less than a whole fruit. This fruit’s a favorite addition for breakfast and lunch on-the-go.
- If you’re serving smoothies, make sure your menu has a couple of tropical treats. Caribbean Reds brings a sweet taste to any frozen concoction.
- Form a skirt around the melons with Caribbean Red papayas. This papaya a perfect addition to any fruit salad your customer makes themself or that they pick up in your ready-to-go section.
- “Bang for your buck” displays showing how we can get the most bang out of our produce bucks are fun with Caribbean Red papayas deserving a spot.
Show what the consumer needs to know (in priority order)
- Like a melon, Caribbean Red papaya has a sweet taste and aroma.
- Once 50% yellow and it gives to a gentle squeeze, it’s ripe. Enjoy within a day of two after the fruit is fully yellow.
- This fruit’s pinkish flesh contains papain, an enzyme which helps digestion.
- Cut open and enjoy by the spoonful. Or slice or cut to add to salads – fruit or leaf.
- This fruit is NOT GMO.
Case counts: 7-15
Pallet count: 54 boxes
In the know
Three things set papayas apart from other fruits and veggies. Caribbean Red papaya has a digestive enzyme and it’s a good source of the lycopene and cryptoxanthin.
- Papain is a digestive enzyme that helps your digestive system do its job. Papaya is a great choice when watching one’s weight.
- A high intake of lycopene-rich foods can reduce the risk of several types of cancers, most notably prostate cancer.
- Cryptoxanthin inhibits new blood vessel formation. This also reduces the risk of cancer.
All this plus – papayas are a terrific source of vitamin C, folate and potassium.
Big fruit, big Taste
Caribbean Red papayas can weigh up to 6 lbs. That’s a lot of fruit. It’s why in Central America it’s called fruta bomba.
You won’t have any trouble finding ways to enjoy this fruit, grilled, frozen, baked, fried or grilled.
That’s the leaf to a papaya bush. Our papaya are grown, packed and shipped in food safety audited fields in Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. See where and how they’re grown.
You can easily scoop the seeds out to enjoy this fruit. You can also dry the seeds and ground them up into a delicious pepper.