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Formosa papaya

The Formosa papaya is one of the largest papaya varieties. This large tropical fruit can weigh up to 3 kilos. The firm skin is yellow. The flesh is orange and just like the other papayas it contains small black seeds in the middle. Formosa papayas have a mild aroma and sweet soft flesh.
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Papayas originate from Mexico. Nowadays Brazil is the second largest papaya producer in the world. Nature's Pride imports all their Formosa papayas from Brazil.

The fruits are grown in the Rio Grande do Norte region; its dry climate and sandy soil make for perfect papaya growing conditions. Our main producer has more than 100 hectares of land for growing Formosa papayas.

The ideal teperature of Formosa papaya

Storage advice

Formosa papayas are kept refrigerated during storage and transport. The ideal temperature during transport is 10 degrees Celsius. At home the Formosa papaya is best kept out of the fridge.
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Origin Nature's Pride Formosa papaya

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Growing and harvesting

Formosa papaya fruits grow on hollow-stemmed trees. It is a fast growing fruit that ripens on the tree. The growth process starts
by planting 28 day-old seedlings on the field. After five to eight
months these seedlings will have grown into fruit-bearing trees of
approximately two metres. Harvesting can then begin: about one
papaya per tree per day for a period of one and a half years. The
trees will eventually grow to a height of three to four metres. After
the harvesting period of one and a half years the field is cleared and
the grower starts a harvesting period on a new field. Each harvested
papaya is wrapped in bubble wrap before being put into crates to
prevent damage. These crates are then taken to the packing station
where the papayas are rinsed in a cold-water bath. The fruits are then
dried and sorted by hand for ripeness and size before being put into
cold storage for further cooling. Finally the fruits are transported to
the Netherlands by plane, where they arrive at Nature's Pride – mere
days from being harvested.

Formosa papaya
Formosa papaya

Preparation tips & recipes

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