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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Reptiles
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Keywords:Hawaiian Sunrise Papaya, Phelsuma, SunUp, Sunrise Papaya, day gecko, garden, gecko, gold dust day gecko, laticauda, maui, papaya
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Gold Dust Hawaiian Sunrise Breakfast

Gold Dust Hawaiian Sunrise Breakfast

Papaya for breakfast, especially a ripe one right off the tree is really a glorious experience. My favorite is the Hawaiian Sunrise Papaya, not just because it is super easy to clean and serve, but because the flavor is amazing. The way I prefer it served is cut in half length wise, seeds scraped out leaving a nice size boat to fill with cut up banana, and spritzed with a fresh lime wedge.

When I lived in Hawaii I never had to buy papaya, picking my own instead, however the competition is fierce for the ripe stuff. Birds make the circuits from one tree to another waiting for the next fruit to ripen and once it does, a hole is drilled into it by birds and eaten from the inside out...what's left the geckos love, which is what's going on here. Frustrated one morning that I left 3 papaya on the tree one day too long, I set this one up in a position that would be convenient for the resident

Gold Dust Day Geckos to enjoy.
The gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda) is a diurnal species of gecko. It lives in northern Madagascar, and on the island of Comoros; it has also been introduced to Hawaii and other Pacific islands. It typically inhabits various kinds of trees and houses. The gold dust day gecko feeds on insects and nectar. It is commonly known as the mascot of GEICO.

The Hawaiian Sunrise Papaya, also known as Strawberry papaya, Sunrise Papaya, or SunUp papaya has a freckled greenish-yellow skin that turns yellow as the fruit ripens. Inside, however, its flesh is a juicy, dramatic red-orange color flesh similar to berries, peaches, and melons. The seeds cavity is quite shallow, making seed removing easy. This variety is available all year round. SunUp is a genetically engineered papaya that is resistant to the ringspot virus disease.