In Thailand, ripe papaya is eaten as snack and dessert. Be warned, it is a mild laxative. The ripe papaya should be turning from green to orange and/or yellow. Pick the ones with no blemishes or spots. It should be somewhat soft to firm, not hard rock or mushy. The flesh is bright orange with black seeds coated with clear shiny material about the size of peppercorns.
To serve as snack or dessert: Peel and cut the papaya into pieces similar to melons. Squeeze lime juice on top and serve cold or at room temperature.