Here’s a healthy, easy papaya recipe to start your day with! My Papaya Lime Bowl recipe is inspired by a dish I had on a vacation to Hawaii when I was young. It will give you a taste of the tropics and leave you feeling energized in the morning. Papaya is not only hydrating and delicious it has a health benefit that can’t be rivaled by any other fruit! Find out more…
Papaya is one of those magical tropical fruits that when perfectly ripe, sweet and juicy can literally hypnotize your taste buds into a state of tropical bliss. ..Papaya is reat for digestion too!..
Papaya Enzyme: Papain. Papaya is especially healthy because it contains the live fruit enzyme papain. Papaya is the only fruit that contains papain. Papain is a digestive enzyme.
Papain is right up there with bromelain from pineapples when it comes to high quality fruit enzymes. Papain aides in digestion, and has been shown to assist in a wide variety of body functions from clearing up allergies to calming skin issues. I like to eat papaya first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and with no other food because it digests so quickly.
Papaya also contains potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. One cup of papaya only has 55 calories.
Fun Fact! You can actually eat the black papaya seeds. They have a brisk spicy flavor. Almost like black pepper.
Papaya Obsessed. I have a sincere papaya addiction. Yes, really. I’ll hunt down NYC street vendors to find one with the perfect ripe papaya. Luckily, you can buy papaya at specialty stores pretty much year-round. Look for a papaya that is firm, has a smooth texture and will ripen into a golden or speckled yellow-green color.
Here’s a simple papaya recipe to start your day..
Papaya Bowl with Lime
1/2 large papaya, any variety will do though
1 Tsp agave or maple syrup
pinch of coarse sea salt
1/2 organic lime
Step one: Cut the large papaya in half.
Step two: Scoop out the black seeds.
Step three: Slice the center 1 1/2 inches of the papaya. Leave a 1/2inch border and slice a diamond-like shape from end to end. Then criss-cross the diamond slice into cubed segments.
Step four: Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lime on top of the papaya. Drizzle 1 tsp agave or maple syrup. Then dash pinch of thick cut sea salt on top.
That’s it! Plate with another lime segment and if you want to get really tropical: a hibiscus flower.