Papaya. There is great discussion about the difference between papaya and paw paw or papaw. In fact papaya is Carica papaya, xxx and paw-paw is a different plant related to the custard apple This being said, the papaya also goes by the name of pawpaw. Australia exports its papayas under the name of pawpaw as an example. Since the real pawpaw and the papaya have a similar external appearance, it would be good if supermarkets could label them by the Latin name, as the Spanish do fish. The size of a large avocado, the papaya has soft-textured, fragrant, apricot-coloured flesh with small black seeds which must be stripped out. It is a great breakfast fruit. If you have an unripe papaya which you wish to ripen overnight, pierce it with a sharp knife several times. It should be cut lengthways as this facilitates the removal of the seeds.