National papaya month
June 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Papaya, pawpaw, papaw, tree melon - any way you say it, June is National Papaya Month!

Christopher Columbus once called the papaya the "fruit of the angels," and for good reason! This fruit that is slightly larger than a mango is bursting with nutritional goodness. It’s full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Thought to be from Central America, papayas grow on trees in hot climates and have a green skin, orange flesh and black seeds. Picking a ripe papaya can be tricky: As it ripens, its flesh will turn from green to yellow, and don’t worry if it looks slightly bruised.

Try pawpaw (as us South Africans say) for breakfast with some plain yogurt, honey and walnuts.

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  1. Libby Vita

    Papaya is great in a shakes. I live in Southwest Florida and have at least 25 papaya trees in my back yard. I freeze them and make terrific shakes and marinate pork and chicken with papaya and it is divine!. I also have a mango orchard on Pine Island Florida, and the true king of fruits is now in season.. terrific, the most delicious. check out:
    Season is open and we ship. Don't miss out on these mouth watering fruits...

    June 16, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  2. jillmarie

    I personally like to squeeze lime on papaya.

    June 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  3. MarkGlicker

    Awesome fruit when you can get some good ones.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
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