Papayas are one of the most versatile tropical fruits. It is quite sweet with its natural glucose content, very tasty and quite nutritious. It is known in other areas as papaw and scientifically as carica papaya. There are two kinds of varieties grown all over tropics. It can have red or orange flesh or the other one has the yellow color flesh.
Papayas are not just food, it is also used as medicine ( oils by traditional herbalists) and its bark and stem is also a good material for rope.
Ingredient Selection Tips
- Papayas have slightly thin skin so it has the tendency to get bruised easily. This can cause early rotting. Choose the one that has still deep green skin with light yellow/ red spots.
- Choose the firm ones but not too hard flesh.
- Smell the end where the stalk is cut. It should give off a sweet fragrance to indicate it is already ripe.
- For unripe papayas, you can store them in the chiller or just in a cool dry corner in the kitchen. It will just take a day or two for it to ripen.
- Though it is not one of the fruits that is considered to take pesticide residue, it is best to choose the organic ones. Also, papayas are very easy to grow during summer. Reserve the seeds and plant it in your backyard for a year long supply of this wonder fruit.
|Preparation Time||3 minutes|
|Total Time||7 minutes|
Bon appétit for your baby!