Similar in appearance to a mango, but more pear-shaped, papaya (also known as paw paw) has a yellowy-green skin tinged with orange when it's ripe. Inside, the sweet and juicy salmon-pink flesh contrasts dramatically with the black seeds. Papaya are a good source of vitamins A and C and can be found throughout the year.
To store: Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Uses: Use in fruit salads or serve them on their own, sliced, with a squeeze of lime juice. Papaya may also be served in dark green leaf salads.
To prepare: Cut the papaya in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh away from the skin, which can't be eaten.