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PAPAYAS - FRESH, RAW, WHOLE

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2-5 days or until ripe
Refrigerator
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5-7 days once ripe
Freezer
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10-12 months

Tips

  • How long do papayas last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep papayas in a dry area.
  • Properly stored, papayas will become fully ripe in about 2 to 5 days at normal room temperature.
  • How can you make papayas ripen faster? To hasten ripening, put papayas in a brown paper bag, close it and leave on the counter.
  • Do not refrigerate papayas until they are fully ripe - allowing to ripen at room temperature will result in more flavorful, juicy papayas.
  • To extend the shelf life of fully ripe papayas, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • How long do papayas last in the refrigerator? Fully ripe papayas will last for about 5 to 7 days in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze raw papayas? Yes, to freeze: (1) Cut papaya in half and remove seeds and rind; (2) Slice or cube papaya, or cut into balls; (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do papayas last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - papayas that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if papayas are bad or spoiled? Papayas that are spoiling will typically become very soft, develop dark spots and start to ooze; discard any papayas if mold appears or if the papayas have an off smell or appearance.

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