How to Ripen a Papaya at Home the Right Way

Papaya can be eaten in different ways. You can eat it while it’s green where you can add it to your dishes. Or you can eat it ripe and serve it as a dessert to your friends and family. But if you prefer to eat your papaya ripely then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will teach you how to ripen a papaya at home the right way. There are many ways on how you can ripen a papaya at home. But in this article, we will teach you 3 simple tricks that you can use to fasten the process. 

You don’t have to wait longer just to let ripen to its perfect condition. All you need to do is to follow these simple tricks. And within 1 to 2 weeks your green papaya will turn into the best tasting ripe papaya that you’ll ever have. So read on to know more about papayas and how you can ripen it at home.

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Health Benefits of Papaya 

Before we begin, we would like to discuss with you the health benefits of eating papayas. As we already know papayas offer a lot of health benefits to our body. But what are these health benefits that we speak of? The answer to that lies within its soft interior.

Papayas are rich in vitamins, to be more specific. It’s very rich in vitamin C and A. Vitamin C helps boosts the body’s immune system and lowers bad cholesterol. Daily consumption of papayas will keep the doctor away from what the apple does.

Papayas also contain enzymes that help aid indigestion. This is due to the high fiber content of papayas that it helps keep your stomach healthy. The best health benefit that you can get from eating papaya is that it prevents certain types of cancer.

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How do you Know When a Papaya is Ripe?

Knowing the health benefits of papaya is just the first part of this article. The next information that we want to share is how do you know when a papaya is ripe. This might be trivial to some but there are indications that you need to lookout for to get it right.

The first thing that you need to look out for is the smell of the papaya. A ripe papaya has a distinct smell which smells sweet and flavorful. This is the first sign that you need to look out for and the next sign is the change of texture. The change of texture is from hard to soft is a sign that it is ripening.

The first thing that you need to look out for is the smell of the papaya. A ripe papaya has a distinct smell which smells sweet and flavorful. This is the first sign that you need to look out for and the next sign is the change of texture. The change of texture is from hard to soft is a sign that it is ripening.

Everything that you Need to Know About Papayas

How to Ripen a Papaya at Home the Right Way

Now that you have an idea of what are the health benefits of papayas and how to tell if a papaya is ripe. It’s time to know how to ripen a papaya at home the right way. In this article, we will teach you the basics of how you can fasten the ripening process. Read on to learn more.

#1 - Score The Papaya

Scoring or slightly pealing the skin of the papaya will fasten the ripening process of the fruit. Scoring it could also mean that you pierce slightly the skin of the papaya. This process will fasten the ripening process of the papaya. This is because the light will penetrate its skin. Be careful when you score the papaya that it won’t be too deep.

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What You’ll Need

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    Knife/Blade
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    Water
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    Basket
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    Cloth

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first step in this procedure is to clean the papaya with a warm cloth. This will remove any dirt or substance on the skin of the papaya. This will help you find the right spot to score and the right angle to follow. Clean it thoroughly and remove its stains.
  • The next step is to use the knife and gently score the skin of the papaya. When you do this you will notice that the sap of the fruit will bleed out. This is a normal occurrence so don’t panic. Create lines of piercings so that the most part of the papaya will be covered.
  • Remember not to cut deeply because it will damage the papaya. To get better results, just gently slide the blade of the knife to the skin of the papaya. This way you will not cut the fruit deeper, after scoring place it in a basket. After scoring it, clean it again with a cloth to remove the sap and you’re done.

#2 - Storage by Bag

This method of ripening a papaya is famous not only for this fruit but to other fruits as well. The process of this ripening method is that when a papaya ages it releases a gas. This gas is known to speed up the ripening process of the papaya when collected.

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What you’ll need

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    Brown paper bag
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    Cloth
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    Water 

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first step in this process is to dip the cloth in the water. Clean the papaya with your soaked cloth and remove any dirt or sap that might be present in the fruit. A clean fruit will speed up the ripening process of the papaya. Remember to wash it with water and dry it with the cloth.
  • The next step is to prepare the papaya and place it inside of the brown paper bag. The brown paper bag will serve as its home for a few days. The ripening process will start the moment you deprive it of light. Let it stay inside of the bag for a few days as the ripening process will increase inside of the bag.
  • The natural gas that it releases during the ripening process will be kept inside of the bag. This gas will further increase the ripening process of the papaya. Make sure that you check the bag once a day so that it will not overripe.

#3 - A mix of Scoring and Storing

The last method in our list is the mixture of scoring and storing. This method involves the two processes for a quick and effective way of ripening your papaya. The process is simple because you just need to combine the two methods of scoring and storing.

how to ripen a papaya - A mix of Scoring and Storing

What You'll Need

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    Cloth
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    Water
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    Brown paper bag
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    Knife

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first step in this method is to clean the papaya with water and then dry it with a cloth. Remove any dirt or sap from the fruit so that the ripening process will be successful. This will also help you spot the right places for when you will start scoring it.
  • The next step is to score it. Just like the scoring method, gently run the tip of the knife on the skin of the papaya. Just let the sap flow and don’t forget to clean it afterward. Avoid piercing the skin too deeply with the knife as it will ruin the fruit if you do so.
  • And finally, after cleaning the papaya, place it inside of the brown paper bag. This will further increase the ripening process of the fruit. Set it aside for a few days and remember to keep an eye on your fruit. Check it daily so that it will not overripe.

Conclution

There are many ways on how you can ripen a papaya at home. The methods shown above are just some of the methods that you can try at home. So, did any of the methods work for you? If it did, please leave a message and share this article with your friends. Thanks for reading!

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Hi! This is Ella Wilson, the founder of tinyplantation.com. Being a devotee with plants and gardens, you will find numerous things with me. I have developed enough interest regarding plants that these things do not bore me anymore; instead this has become my passion.