Papaya is a wonderful tropical fruit that you should be enjoying more of this summer. We’re at peak season. Here are some interesting facts for you:
ONE Eating papaya with lime or lemon juice drizzled on top brings out the best flavors. The acid bite of the citrus perfectly complements the papaya’s creamy mouthfeel and mild flavor. Simply peel, remove seeds, dice, and drizzle acid.
TWO Papaya is a nutrition pleasure. A 3.5 ounce serving (about a cup) is only 40 calories! The fruit is very high in vitamin C (75% of the daily value), has less than 2 tsp worth of natural sugars, and is a good source of folic acid too.
THREE Most of the papaya grown in the US is from Hawaii. They are also most genetically modified! So if you want non GMO papaya – make sure to purchase organic, or to buy imported papaya from Mexico.
FOUR Other ways to eat papaya: 1) when it’s still unripe and green. The most famous dish is spicy green papaya salad. 2) Papaya seeds are also edible. They have a slightly peppery taste. Try them! 3) Young papaya leaves can be steamed and enjoyed like spinach.
FIVE Papaya can be used as a meat tenderizer! It contains an enzyme by the name of papain that works wonders on beef. Keep that in mid the next time you prepare a marinade.
How do you enjoy papaya?