The papaya fruit is a sweet fruit that contains a flesh that has a rich orange color and on the inside, there are black seeds that are surrounded by a gelatinous-like substance. It has been known that Christopher Columbus used to call papaya as ‘the fruit of the angels’, meaning apart from the taste there are also plenty of other health benefits papaya can provide. Due to the deliciousness of the fruit and its beneficial properties, there are various papaya recipes out there so you can easily include this sweet and musky fruit in your courses.
But first, which are the potential papaya health benefits? As research has suggested, this fruit is rich in antioxidant nutrients like carotenes, vitamin C, and flavonoids, the B vitamins, folate, and pantothenic acid, and minerals, potassium, copper, magnesium, and fiber. It has also been noted that papaya contains more vitamin C than the orange – this being the vitamin that is important against cardiovascular disease, stroke, stomach cancer, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and it also helps in supporting your immune system. Among the benefits, there are:
- Lowers cholesterol
- Boosts immunity system
- Protects against arthritis
- Might improve digestion
- Offers skin damage protection
- Asthma prevention
- Helps with diabetes
- Contributes to skin healing
Read more details on papaya health benefits here.
As mentioned, papaya is that one fruit that can be included in different types of courses. That’s why there are different types of recipes we can include papaya in if we don’t feel like simply eating it as it is. See below for papaya recipes, and do let us know whether you have tried any of the below-mentioned.
1. Papaya Smoothie
Is there anything better than a nice, healthy, fresh smoothie? And, especially when papaya is included. What you should do is, in a blender, mix a half cup of frozen papaya and a half cup of banana chunks. Add to it a half cup of Greek yogurt, one cup of almond milk and a bit of honey. Mix and blend and there you go! A healthy smoothie to save the evening, or morning!
2. Papaya Jam
Balance Blog suggests a papaya jam would be a pretty decent idea and a healthy alternative since most jams are full of additives and preservatives. What you should do is take ripe papaya, blend into two cups of puree and mix in a 1/4th cup of sugar.
Heat the mixture in a saucepan, until there is a thicker consistency. Add a teaspoon lemon juice, mix, let it cool and put it in an airtight container in the fridge. There you go!
3. Papaya Coconut Muffins
This one seems like such a delicious choice for when you have papaya at hand. What you need is:
- 1 cup of papaya puree
- 2 cups 100% whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- A large (beaten) egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp melted butter
Make sure to preheat the oven to 325°, put the puree papaya in a blender until it becomes smooth. Put the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and mix. Afterward, add coconut and then mix again. Mix the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and puréed papaya in an average bowl. Add the flour to the mixture and stir.
In the end, put the batter into muffin tins and bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Go to Skinny Taste for details.
4. Papaya Bruschetta
What you’re going to need for these papaya bruschettas from All Recipes, is:
- 1 papaya
- 5 plum tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
- 2 tbs white sugar
- 1/4 red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 2 chopped green onions
- 1 French baguette, cut it into 1/2 inch pieces
What you should do is cut the papaya in half and remove the seeds. Make sure to save 2 tbsp of seeds for the dressing. Peel the papaya and dice it, place it in a bowl, add tomatoes, red onion, red paper, and basil.
Mix the papaya seeds, sugar, wine vinegar, oil, mustard and green onions in a blender. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Pour this mixture in the papaya bowl, stir, and then serve in slices of baguette.
5. Green Papaya Salad
A salad is always a good option! This one from All Recipes, including papaya, seems like one that would truly do my stomach a favor. What you’re going to need is:
- 3 peeled cloves of garlic
- 3 Thai green chiles
- 6 green beans that are cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 big, unripe papaya, peeled and cut
- 1 halved and seeded tomato
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp palm sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
What you should do is, in a bowl, mix garlic, chiles, and green beans and pound them. Afterward, add the papaya and pound again. Take the fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar and stir them while pounding again. Add the tomato, pound the mixture once more. Stir the peanuts and serve it.
6. Santula Recipe
This Santula recipe from NDTV Food seems exactly what dreams are made of. What you’re going to need is:
- 250 gms chopped potatoes
- 100 gms chopped raw papaya
- 3 brinjals
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- Sea salt
- Small, whole piece, ginger
- 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
- 2 tbsp refined oil
- 1 sliced onion
- 2 pieces of garlic
- 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 tsp asafoetida
- 1 whole green chilies
What you should do is add the cut potatoes, papaya, brinjals, and some water in a pressure cooker. Add the turmeric powder, salt, ginger, and cumin to the potatoes & co. Saute the sliced onions, mustard, and cumin seeds in a pan. Add the chopped ginger, garlic, turmeric, coriander powder, asafoetida, salt, and the water.
Afterwards, put the potatoes, papaya, and brinjal to the pan. Add milk, garnish with coriander and chilies, and simmer for approximately 6 minutes.
Prepare, eat, repeat? Sounds awesome!
So, are you about to try any of these? Let us know in the comments section. We’d love to know!
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