Papaya or Pawpaw is widely cultivated across the tropics. Papaya is a large berry, with a yellowish rind, and a yellow to salmon-pink flesh, around a central space full of seeds. Papaya are used as a starter, or its juice made into a refreshing drink. Underripe papaya is used for cooking in the same way as squashes. When ripe and served raw, papaya should be chilled and sprinkled with lemon juice or lime juice.
Dowell, P., Bailey, A. (1980) The Book of Ingredients, Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0718119150.