Papayas probably aren't an everyday staple for you. But if you want a good dose of vitamin C, seek them out every now and then; they're an exotic alternative to oranges and other citrus fruits. Papayas have 150% the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. They are excellent in salads or eaten alone.

When shopping for papayas, look for ones that are slightly soft. (Avoid ones that are very soft or that have blemishes.) The more "yellow" papayas have, the more ripe they are. Green papayas will ripen at room temperature.