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Some papayas have no or virtually no seeds:

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Sometimes it has many seeds

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Can one tell from the outside whether a papaya has seeds?

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If the fruit was known to come from a parthenocarpic (meaning seedless) plant, then yes.

For example, the distinctive “mountain papaya” fruit from a babaco shrub (Carica pentagona ‘Heilborn’), which related to Papaya, is parthenocarpic. It originates from the Andes, but is now cultivated, for local and international markets, in California and New Zealand.

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  • And how does one tell from the outside whether a papaya is seedless? (Assuming there isn't a sign next to it saying "seedless papayas" or "Carica pentagona Heilborn").
    – Sneftel
    Jan 4 at 10:57
  • If the fruit was known to come from a parthenocarpic (meaning seedless) plant, then yes = If the fruit was NOT known to come from a parthenocarpic (meaning seedless) plant, then NO. Once it has been identified then skin blemishes would still make it identifiable. ;)
    – Mr Shane
    Jan 4 at 11:28
  • In that case, does this really answer the OP's question? I assume they're not asking about papayas which are clearly marked as seedless.
    – Sneftel
    Jan 4 at 11:31
  • The papaya itself doesnt need to be marked as seedless, just that it would need to be known to come from a tree that produces seedless fruit. Like navel oranges, once you know a navel orange is seedless you do not need them to have labels to know they are seedless.
    – Mr Shane
    Jan 4 at 11:33

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