Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are papayas nutritious?
Yes. Papayas are one of the most nutritious fruits available. Papayas are rich in enzymes that help with digestion and are a good source of calcium, potassium and Vitamins A, E and C. A single 200g serving provides almost twice the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.

Q: Where can I get Local grown 'solo sunrise' papayas?
Local grown papayas are mainly grown in the Sigatoka valley . It is possible to find solo sunrise papaya all year long along road side stalls (Nadi – Sigatoka) corridor. All municipal markets and most supermarkets around the country sell locally grown solo sunrise papaya.

Q: What does the local solo sunrise papaya look like?
There are two basic types of papayas, the female fruit (round) and the hermaphrodite fruit (pear shaped). These varieties weigh about around 200 grams to 400 grams each, and have a yellow skin when ripe. The flesh is red-orange.

Q: How do I select a papaya?
Look for papayas that are partly (colour break) or completely yellow in color depending on consumer preference. Avoid papayas that are shriveled, or have soft areas. Papayas that are hard and green are immature and will not ripen properly.

Q: How do I store the papaya before eating it?
Slightly green or color break papayas will ripen quickly at room temperature, especially if placed with other fruit. As the papaya ripens, it will turn from green to yellow. Place ripe papayas in the refrigerator. Papayas will keep for up to a week, but it is best to eat them within a day or two.

Q: When can we plant papaya?
Papaya can be planted all year round. However this may vary according to the different geographical locations i.e Dry zone (Nadi – Rakiraki) Intermediate zone (Sigatoka) and the Wet zone Eastern division. Farmers in the dry zone are



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