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New Appointments to help lead the Avocado Industry
Papaya Vs Papaw
Friday, 15 April 2005


What's in a name? When it comes to the papaya/pawpaw/papaw debate, a lot. 


Consumers have long been confused about the difference between these fruit and the fact is that while they are the same species Carica papaya, the fruit known as papaya looks and tastes quite different to the fruit known as papaw.


To make things easier for consumers the agreed understanding in the Australian industry is that the red-fleshed sweeter fruit is called red papaya, while the yellow-fleshed fruit is called yellow papaw.


American pawpaw (note the different spelling) on the other hand is an entirely different fruit not related to the tropical Carica papaya from which Australian red papaya and yellow papaw come. American pawpaw is also known as -poor man's banana? and is the fruit of the Asimina triloba tree.


To complicate things further, there's also green papaya, which is either red papaya or yellow papaw picked green. Green papaya is a sought after ingredient in Asian cuisine and is eaten as a vegetable.


The second mystery surrounding red papaya and yellow papaw is how best to cut and serve it. The easiest way to approach this is:


  • Cut the fruit in half from the base
  • Scoop out the black pips
  • Place fruit skin-side down and slice length ways in thin strips
  • Slice away the skin
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Horticulture Australia Limited’s (HAL) Avocado Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) has received a major boost of expertise with the appointment of five new members.
The new Members of the IAC have excellent credentials in avocado production, research and development, supply chain and marketing and were chosen following an extensive national search
The new members are Western Australian grower Wayne Franceschi; supply chain and export specialist Anthony Walsh; DAFFQ extension horticulturist Simon Newett; northern New South Wales grower Jack Archer; and tri-state grower and Director of Avocados Australia Limited (AAL) Barry Avery.  They bring specific expertise in the areas of research, extension, agribusiness, avocado growing, export and supply chain. 
HAL has also appointed Ms Christine Hawkins as the new Independent Officer on the Avocado IAC. Among a broad range of professional skills, Christine also brings extensive governance expertise to the committee, particularly in regard to procurement and risk management.
The new IAC members join existing committee members: Avocado Australia Limited (AAL) Chairman and North Queensland grower Jim Kochi; Southern Queensland grower Darryl Boardman; Central Queensland growers Lachlan Donovan and John Walsh – all of whom are current directors of AAL; and the IAC Chair Bob Granger.
Stepping down to make way for the new members are Russell Delroy, Peter Annand, Tom Silver, Chris Nelson and Nick Hobbs.
The Avocado IAC is tasked with the development and oversight of the delivery the five year Strategic Investment Plan for avocado R&D and marketing levies that are managed by Horticulture Australia.
Media Contact: For more information, please contact Mr Len Joynson. Tel (02) 5023 6333
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