Kelly touted a natural nutritional advantage to papayas.
“They have a natural enzyme, which helps the body break down protein,” she said.
“They’re also a very good source of vitamin C, which people don’t often think of. A little lime juice and chili powder we suggest.”
Frieda’s has a YouTube video on papayas, she said.
Large papayas are a growth area for Pompano Beach-based Southern Specialties Inc., said Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development.
“The colors are amazing,” he said. “They draw your eyes from across the room. It’s a compelling picture.”
Homestead-based Unity Groves Corp. sells green papayas for use in salads and soups, but the company also is getting into tree-ripened fruit, said Louie Carricarte, president and owner.
“We just planted about 10 acres in ripe to see how we do,” he said.
“Papaya season is right now. It’s a pretty long season — about nine or 10 months. This grove will come into bearing in about three to four months.”