While papaya is available throughout the year, the best time to have it is in the fall or early summer. Papaya can be 20 inches long. The ripe papaya is bright orange in color from inside. Some may contain pink or yellow hues depending on the ripeness of the papaya. The best and ready to use is the full ripe papaya that is of orange color. A ripe papaya will have a creamy texture with a mild to sweet flavor and should nearly melt in your mouth without hardly having to chew it. Some compare papaya taste and texture to that of a mango. Recommendation is to use Papayas as soon as possible or keep them refrigerated until use. Yellow or pink in color papaya takes a day or two at room temperature to get ripe effectively.