“ A large fragrant fruit with green skin and sweet orange flesh filled with round black seeds. Delicious on its own with a squeeze of lime juice or add it to your salsa for more flavour, also yummie in fruit smoothies, fruit salads or even savoury salads. „
I am a fruit lover and there is hardly any fruit that I wouldn't like. My favorite however are few and Papaya is one of those.
This is a highly nutritious fruit with green/yellow skin. It's green mostly when it is raw, in this case you need to just wrap it in paper and keep it aside to ripen by itself. When the skin is yellow, it means that the fruit is ripe. Whie buying it, make sure that it's not too loose otherwise all you will get would be messy pulp.
This fruit has a great property of easing up the digestive process of the bosy because it contains the necessary digestive enzymes. It's high in vitamin C, calcium and iron. The inside of the fruit is dark pink or orange and the middle part has the tiny black seeds that can be thrown away or used as desired.
It's a sweet fruit that can be cut either horizontally or vertically and can be either eaten in form of long slices or cubes.
It's found in the tropical area and is extremely expensive in the UK. Regular consumption of this fruit brings a glow to your skin. Let's say that it's a skin friendly fruit. There are loads of skin care products available in the markets that contain papaya extracts because applying papaya peel/ extracts to the skin helps improvement.
In a nutshell, it's a fruit with all the possible qualities.
I grew up in Asia and papaya is just another common fruit to me like apple is common to UK. Little did I realised the goodness of this fruit, a fruit that I have taken for granted.
Papaya or Paw Paw, is commonly grown in the tropics, it has pink or orange flesh. The center of the fruit is filled with black colour seeds. These seeds are usually discarded and thrown to the birds.
Papaya have an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium and iron. The colour of the papaya provide a good source of beta carotene.( Beta carotene helps prevent damage by free radicals causing cancer in our body)
This sweet fruit is extremely nutritious. Papaya is an ideal fruit for the invalid as the soft fruit is easy to chew and swallow.
It is also ideal to eat a papaya after a meal to help with digestion. Papaya contain the enzyme, Papain, which is similar to the pepsin produced in our digestive system. Papain helps to break down proteins.
Recently I have found a novell way of eating papaya. I was in Taiwan when I first tasted papaya shake. It simply lovely.
The process is simple, blend 2 slice of papaya with milk, chilled it and you get a refreshing and nutritious drink.
You can purchase papaya in the supermarket and it cost about £1.30 per fruit, not cheap.
Remember to discard the seeds and peel off the skin.
A papaya is a melon like fruit with a yellowy-orange flesh and a green to orange skin, most people like these because they have a very sweet taste. I prefer to eat them with pineapple, lemons, lime and oranges in a salad, they make the perfect mix. Here's some facts about them because it's always useful to know a bit about what you're eating:
* It originated in South Mexico
~ To grow they can't be exposed to temperatures below 32F
* Cold wet soil will kill the plants
~ Papaya trees can grow up to 20f
* They can be between 1 and 20 pounds in weight
~ There are Hawaiian and Mexican Papayas,
* The Hawaiian type tends to be the only one in supermarkets as its most popular
~ They're a good source of vitamins A and C
* They're fat free
~ Taste best raw but the seeds are sometimes cooked
* They turn green when ripe
~ Contain folate and potassium
* Good for pregnant women
~ They aid the digestive system
* The seeds have a peppery taste and not many people eat them
~ A papaya fruit is round or pear shaped
* They tastes very sweet making them popular with most people
~ Papaya's have a soft texture
* To eat these you have to peal them and cut them up
Overall this is a great fruit and I recommend it to anybody who likes to eat something a bit different every now and again.
I first came across the papaya fruit when I started travelling to Brazil. There it is known as 'mamão' and it is commonly consumed at breakfast along with other fruits. Papayas are spherical or pear-shaped fruits that can be as long as 20 inches. The flesh is usually a rich orange colour.
I wouldn't say that it is a particularly tasty fruit. At times it can be a bit bland. But if eaten when fully ripe it has a mild pleasant sweet taste. It is important to note that papayas that appear very green or feel very hard should not be purchased, unless you are planning on cooking them, as their flesh will not develop a characteristic sweet juicy flavour. However you should also avoid buying any that are bruised or overly soft.
The fruit is best eaten by cutting it in half, scooping out the seeds in the centre and then using a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the fruit. You can also make a milk shake drink with them which is quite common in Brazil. The texture of the edible part of the fruit is similar to melon but less watery. It is a highly nutritious fruit with an abundance of vitamin C as well as high quantities of vitamins
Papaya is especially recommended as an aid to digestion and works well at soothing acid indigestion. I also remember local people telling me that the seeds can be mashed up and taken as some sort of medicine but I forget what exactly for. I do remember that this fruit can give you stomach pains if you drink coffee soon after eating it - a possible occurrence if you have one at breakfast. Like avocados and bananas, papayas contain substances associated with latex-fruit allergy syndrome. Therefore if you have a latex allergy, you'll probably also be allergic to papayas.
I've never bought them in the UK as I find all tropical fruit excessively priced as it probably should be due to the air miles clocked up.
I love fruit, all fruit, and one of my favourites is Papaya, otherwise known as Pawpaw. It is becoming more common now in supermarkets and I often treat myself to one. This delicious exotic fruit tastes wonderful on a hot Summer's day, chilled and cut in half like a melon with the seeds scooped out. It has a soft, creamy consistency and is quite sweet but not at all sickly. Personally I much prefer it to a Mango as quite apart from the fact that I prefer the taste of the Papaya, it is so much easier to prepare!
It is grown around the world and has a variety of different names including kapaya, kepaya, lapaya and tapaya in parts of Asia and in Brazil it can be called mamao. The Spanish names for it are melon zapote, lechosam payaya, fruta bombe, mammon or papayo. I have never know a fruit with so many different names. It is believed to be a native plan of tropical America but is now grown all along the equator, they need a tropical climate.
This fruit is not only very tasty and refreshing but it is also claimed to have certain health benefits and quite a few healing properties which makes it doubly attractive from my point of view. If you are buying one you should be aware that as it ripens the fruit skin turns yellow and the flesh softens and turns a deep orangey apricot colour and gives off a delicate aroma. The fruit once ripened is juicy and sweet and the seeds are round, black and shiny sitting in a fibrous mass at the heart of the fruit. To eat I just slice the fruit in two and scoop out the seeds then eat the flesh with a spoon but you could easily take out the flesh and include it in a fruit salad or eat with ice cream. There is an enzyme in the fruit which aids digestion and if you include the seeds in a marinade they will assist in tenderising meat.
Health benefits of Papaya
Papayas are a rich source of vitamins, a single fruit contains more that the required daily allowance of vitamin C, over a quarter of the RDA of folate, a fifth of the RDA of potassium and dietary fibre, 15% of the RDA of Vitamins A & E and about 10% of Vitmain K. All contained in a delicious fruit which has just 118 calories. It is a great addition to your diet if you are trying to eat healthily.
Papain, which comes from the latex of the papaya and its green fruits is used in pharmaceutical digestive aids and there are some studies underway looking at its effects on cancer causing cells and the herpes simplex virus. It is also used to clarify beer, treat wool and silk before dyeing, it is also found in toothpaste, chewing gum and cosmetics.
Papaya is oestrogenic and has been used historically to promote lactation, facilitate childbirth and increase female libido! It has been used in herbal remedies to treat fungal and bacterial skin infections, dandruff , boils, warts and even leprosy.
My own favourite use for it is to settle an upset stomach- it works every time for me and I believe it is far more effective than resorting to most of the commercial remedies on the market. It is certainly worth a try if you have someone in the household with a digestive issue. It is quite delicious, doesn't taste at all like a medicine and above all it works - nature very often has the best remedies we just need to find them.
Do I recommend it?
Yes I do, I love the taste of this fruit. Not only is it delicious it is good for you being packed with vitamins and potassium. I especially like to eat it if I have a stomach upset as I find it very soothing.
If you haven't already tried it then why not look out for one next time you go shopping. Best eaten when the skin is turning a pale yellow but do protect them from bruising as you carry them home - I hope you enjoy them.