in New York
When buying your papaya fruits that have a bit of green but are mostly yellow will ripen nicely at home. The fruit does feel heavy for its size. The skin should be smooth and firm to the touch. The fruit will have a sweet aroma when ripe. Don't worry if you let it get a little overripe - that's perfect for a smoothie! You can cut the fruit lengthwise down the middle and scoop out the seeds. Save them if you are going to make them into a dressing. If you live in a temperate climate, try growing your own tree. Store your ripe papayas in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. They ripen nicely at room temperature. If you aren't going to be able to eat them right away, they can be frozen. However, after defrosting they will be pretty soft and best in a smoothie. However you decide to eat them, enjoy the taste and the health benefits from the fruit of the angels!