Dehydrated chopped papaya makes a great snack on its own, and is a tasty addition to any trail mix. Steam papaya prior to dehydrating if you plan to use it for baking or with gelatin. Dehydrated raw papaya is preferable for use in salads or snacking.
Dehydrated steamed papaya develops a hard outer coating, will click when dropped on the counter and will be dark red-orange in color. Pieces should not stick together when squeezed in your hand. Dehydrated raw papaya should feel dry like paper, be somewhat flexible, and will be dull peach color.