Papayas as popular as ever
“The prices of papayas are a lot higher than a few years ago, according to Stefan Warbout of Bud Holland. “This is mainly due to the high air freight costs of recent times, which make the product a lot more expensive. Fortunately, we see that the demand does not decrease due to the higher prices, it remains the same or even increases slightly.”
Bud imports both the Golden papayas and Formosa papayas from Brazil and the so-called ‘cooking papaya’ from Thailand. This green, unripe papaya is not used as a fruit, but rather as a vegetable in Thai salads, such as Som Tum.
In addition to the fruit, the leaves of the papaya tree are also edible and Bud has recently added these to their range on pre-order. The taste is quite bitter and can be processed as a vegetable. “In Mexico, meat is baked in papaya leaves to make the meat more tender. The leaves are also widely used as medicine, for example by processing them in tea.”
According to Stefan, the peak in papaya sales is still around the European holidays. “For example Christmas, Easter and 3-Kings.” Previously, the importer also offered the seedless papaya from Israel, but that demand has completely disappeared, according to the importer. “Our customers don’t ask for this and I have to say there’s no offer available either.”
“We see that papayas are frequently sold to customers with an Eastern European origin. The decrease is fairly stable. We have our regular customers who return weekly, it has increased slightly in the past year, but that is also because the corona period is (temporarily ) behind us,” said the importer.
This large papaya variety can weigh up to 3 kilos. It has a strong skin and is yellow-green in colour. It has a solid skin and is yellow-green in color. The pulp is orange and, like other papayas, contains black inedible, round seeds. The fruit itself is soft and has a mildly sweet melon-like flavor.
Besides the fruit, the leaves of the papaya tree are also edible. The taste is quite bitter and can be processed as a vegetable. In Mexico, meat is often baked in papaya leaves to make the meat more tender. The leaves are also widely used as medicine, for example by processing them in tea.