Pawpaws Key facts Anyone who has been to South East Asia will know that papaya looks large in salads, desserts and at breakfast time, anointed simply with lime juice, which offsets the flavour of the fruit beautifully.

When ripe, a pawpaw turns yellow and should, like an avocado, have some 'give' when you hold it in your hand and exert a little pressure.

To prepare it, slice it in half vertically, scoop out the seeds, pare off the skin and slice or chop. Squeeze lime over the orange flesh to serve. It holds an enzyme that tenderises meat and also aids digestion.

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