How to cut a papaya

Today’s challenge by Darren Rowse on the ProBlogger Challenge Group was to create a piece of content that is a ‘How to’ post.   Now I could just write a recipe eg. How to make …..but I thought that I would  challenge myself by keeping it food related but talk about something else.   I had a young visitor a couple of months ago who had never eaten a papaya so was quite intrigued by it and wanted to know what it tasted like.  When I started to prepare the papaya, she was so surprised to see the inside with all the tiny seeds etc. so  this has given me an idea of writing about how to prepare and cut a papaya ready to eat.  I had to remind myself that not everyone grows up taking papayas as an everyday meal.  Some people don’t like trying out new fruits as they have never tasted them.

Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C and help improve your skin and gives you a glowing complexion. For people suffering with constipation should eat a bowlful of papaya everyday as it’s high in fiber and water content.

Last year, I visited the botanic gardens where they had papayas growing in the huge green house.  Just look at the size of those papayas. They ones sold in UK supermarkets are a lot smaller.   The yellow one looks ready to eat in a fruit salad.  You can make curries and stir fry salads out of raw papaya (usually green in colour outside).  Ripe papayas (usually orangy in colour outside)  are great to eat on their own or in a fruit salad.  You can even mix it with other fruit to make jam.

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So to chop a papaya you will need:

  • a chopping board or tray
  • Knife
  • peeler
  • spoon
  • old newspaper
  • a bowl to serve it in

Method:

1. Wash and dry the outside of the papaya

2. Cut the papaya in half on a chopping board or tray and remove the seeds using a spoon.

3.  Once the seeds have been removed, cut the papaya into halves and peel the skin using a peeler or knife.  You may have to keep washing or wiping your hands in between if the papaya is too ripe.  4.   Wrap all the rubbish in a newspaper and discard it in the recycling bin.  Chop the papaya into slices or small cubes and serve them on their own with a dash of lemon or as fruit salad.  If your hands feel sticky after chopping the papaya, wash them with some salt added to your hand washing soap and they will feel fine. 

How many of you didn’t know what a papaya looks and tastes like?

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Selecting

When ripe the Maradol is a nice yellow color and slightly soft to the touch.  It is okay to purchase at the store when the papaya is still mostly green.  If purchased when green, keep on the counter to continue to ripen.  To speed up the ripening process, place papayas near fruits like apples, bananas or pears. Place inside a paper bag, loosely closed for a day or two. It can be stored for up to four days but tastes best when eaten within a few days of being ripe. Check daily as they are ripening and keep an eye out for bruises, cuts, soft spots and mold.

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Preparing

The simplest way to eat it is to cut the Maradol down the center lengthwise, scoop out the round seeds, and eat it with a spoon.  You can also use a melon baller to scoop out and serve the meat of the papaya or cut into slices and serve like melon.

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