Carica papaya, commonly known as Papaya, is a delicious tropical fruit native to Mexico and northern South America. The Papaya has become naturalized throughout the tropics, and has been cultivated throughout the Caribbean and south Florida for decades.
The fruits vary in shape depending on variety. Some fruits are pear-shaped, while others are more convex in shape. Our ripe Papayas are picked just before they become soft on the tree, lending to optimal flavor and sugar content. Papayas are rich in vitamin A, folate and antioxidants. One single fruit provides an adult with more than 200% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.
The skin of the Papaya fruit starts out green on the tree and gradually turns to a yellow or orange color when ripe. You will know that the Papaya fruit is ripe and ready to cut once the fruit feels somewhat soft to the touch. While green papayas are often cooked as a vegetable, ripe papayas should not be cut open until the fruit gives a little when squeezed gently. Each fruit is different, so it is best to allow time for the fruit to finish the last stage of ripening if your fruit does not feel soft to the touch. This can best be accomplished by allowing the fruit to remain at room temperature until ripe. Do not refrigerate unripe fruit as this will indefinitely suspend the ripening process. A ripe papaya will last about 4 days at room temperature, or about a week in a refrigerator. Any ripe, uneaten fruit should be refrigerated or frozen.
A common way to eat the fruit is to cut the papaya lengthwise, and pull the halves apart. The seeds are then scooped out with a spoon, and the fruit can be eaten with a spoon, or it can be sliced, discarding the skin.
Our Papayas are grown 100% organically without any use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We personally plant, and pick our own Papaya trees here in Miami. Some of our fruit is sourced locally from our partners and fellow growers, where similar growing practices are embraced.
Note: While the seeds of the papaya fruit are generally considered edible, consult a doctor about this practice, as there have been studies with conflicting results.
Why Our Fruits Are the Best:
Our fruits are allowed to grow on the trees further into the growing season to allow proper fruit development for optimal flavor, vitamin and nutrient content. Our fruits are picked from our own rare tropical fruit trees, from the trees of our local partners, collectors, and sourced internationally from sustainable organic niche farmers. Follow us on Instagram @Fruitpeople_com
Please Note: We are currently unable to ship this product to the following state(s): California. This is in compliance with restrictions placed by the respective Department(s) of Agriculture regarding the importation and shipment of various tropical fruits, due to the potential ecological impact of the possible introduction of various foreign fruit fly species upon Agricultural Infrastructure within the listed state(s). Please check out our other products as this restriction does not apply to all fruits & produce. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Pre-Orders will ship in the order they are received, as soon as the fruit is in season and ready to be picked.
- Small Box contains approximately 3-5 pounds of fruit
- Medium Box contains approximately 8-10 pounds of fruit
- Large Box contains approximately 14-16 pounds of fruit
Box weight and amounts vary depending on fruit type, volume and density. All boxes are shipped with sustainably produced biodegradable packing material instead of Styrofoam or bubble wrap. See our Shipping Guide for more information pertaining to our shipping schedule.
Please be mindful of estimated delivery times for orders, as prolonged package exposure to outdoor weather conditions, such as snow or extreme heat, will affect perishable produce.
All boxes are assembled and shipped starting on Monday of the week following your purchase. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your order to be shipped for any product which is in season. Pre-Orders will ship the following season for each respective fruit type, see details below.
When one of our fruits is not currently in season, or has sold out, we highly recommend placing Pre-Orders. Placing a Pre-Order of our rare and premium tropical fruits reserves your Box for the following season. When supply is low and demand is high, Pre-Orders are shipped first. Pre-Orders are shipped in the order in which they are received for each type of fruit. Your Pre-Order is shipped as soon as the fruits are in season and ready to be picked. Some fruits have only one season per year, others have multiple seasons. Please refer to our Fruit Seasons Guide for more information. You don’t want to miss out on these delicious and sensational fruits!