The papaya fruit is a sizable, meaty berry with a smooth, green exterior that becomes yellow or orange as it ripens. The fruit’s flesh varies in colour from yellow to red to orange and is thick and succulent. The fruit has lots of seeds that are wrinkled and black.
Raw papaya is picked when it is unripe and thus it has more enzymes than the ripe papaya. Its enzyme papain acts as an antioxidant and helps protect the heart.