The tart, sweet flavor of the tropical papaya adds tanginess and visually appealing color to a variety of dishes. Its nutritional profile is also valuable, including significant levels of the antioxidant lycopene and vitamin C. One fruit can provide the amount needed to prepare several recipes; the size range peaks at 20 lbs. If the papaya is unripe, store it in a paper bag at room temperature to speed the maturation process.
Place the papaya, pineapple and avocado pieces in a bowl.
Add the lime juice, cilantro and jalapeno. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature and serve with corn chips.
Combine sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Boil until the mixture reduces to a thick syrup.
Add the diced papaya, lime juice and syrup to a food processor. Puree the mixture.
Process the papaya puree in an ice cream maker. Chill in the freezer and serve.
Papaya Shrimp Salad
Add the avocado, papaya, shrimp and garlic to the salad bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of pineapple vinaigrette dressing and toss with the salad bowl ingredients.
Add the salad greens and toss the bowl contents. Chill, add toasted peanuts and serve.
- "The New Food Lover's Companion"; Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst; 2007
- Purdue University; Papaya; Julia Morton; 1987
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