CBI Product Factsheet: Fresh Papayas in Europe
The papaya is a typical exotic fruit within the European market, grown in tropical areas. It is not a common fruit in Europe, as it is in most tropical countries. For the first time in five years, EU imports in 2014 were considerably higher than the usual 30,000 tonnes. Innovation in marketing, advertising concerning the health benefits of the fruit and/or the introduction of sustainable varieties are areas that continue to offer potential for growth. The papaya (Carica papaya) is the pear-shaped fruit of a large tree-like plant. The plant is sensitive to frost, and it can be grown only in tropical regions. Two kinds of papayas are commonly grown. One has sweet, orange flesh, and the other has yellow flesh. Either kind is called a green papaya when picked green. The leading varieties of fresh papayas available on the EU market are Solo and Solo Sunrise, Golden and Formosa. Papayas are most frequently consumed fresh as slices or chunks, as well as in fruit compotes.