How to Cut Papaya — A Step-by-Step Guide
The process of cutting a papaya is like a cross between cutting a melon and a mango. With this fruit, it’s easiest to remove the inner seeds and pulp before slicing off the tough skin. You’re dealing with a slippery fruit, so take care to use a stable cutting surface when working.
How to Tell If a Papaya Is Ripe
Before cutting into your papaya, make sure it’s ripe. The skin should be turning from deep green to mottled yellow, and you should feel a little give to the fruit when you gently press it. (Don’t press too hard, though!)
Once your papaya is ripe, it’s time to slice into it.
How to Cut a Papaya
- Working on a stabilized cutting board, trim both ends of the papaya.
- Slice the papaya in half lengthwise.
- Remove the seeds and pulp from the center of each half with a spoon. (You can compost the seeds or save them to add to smoothies for extra fiber, but be aware that eating large amounts of papaya seeds may cause stomach upset.)
- Place one half of the papaya, cut-side down, on the cutting board and use a vegetable peeler or sharp knife to peel off the skin. Repeat with the other half.
- Cut your peeled papaya halves as desired. You can slice them into half-moons, or for cubed papaya start by slicing into strips and then cut the strips crosswise.