The papaya is an incredibly healthy tropical fruit. It’s loaded with antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, fight disease and help keep you looking young.

Amazing Benefits of Papaya for Health and Skin

This is a fruit which you come to love once you develop a taste for it. It is not everyone’s favourite, but those who love it find it hard to get by a morning without digging into a bowl of freshly cubed papayas. The orange-coloured flesh is very tempting indeed, but what puts most people off, is the slight bitter aftertaste that accompanies the otherwise sweet fruit. This is the reason why children are often fussy about it and instead go for sinful mangoes, grapes, berries and the like. Have it on its own or team it with a mixed-fruit bowl, it is an energy booster. Believed to be a native of Central America, growing along the Caribbean coast, the tree was considered sacred by the Mayans for its various medicinal properties.

The fruits are not the only segment of the tree that was considered valuable, the leaves, seeds, and flowers too possess healing powers. It is also said that the great voyager Christopher Columbus used to refer to it as “fruit of the angels”. What makes papaya such an incredible ingredient is the presence of the enzyme papain along with other essential nutrients that work together to provide you nature’s best.

 

Here are a few easy recipe ideas using 1 small papaya:

  • Breakfast: Cut it in half and fill each half with Greek yogurt, then top with a few blueberries and chopped nuts.
  • Appetizer: Cut it into strips and wrap a slice of ham or prosciutto around each strip.
  • Salsa: Chop papaya, tomatoes, onions and cilantro, then add lime juice and mix well.
  • Smoothie: Combine the diced fruit with coconut milk and ice in a blender, then blend until smooth.
  • Salad: Chop papaya and avocado into cubes, add diced cooked chicken and dress with olive oil and vinegar.
  • Dessert: Combine the chopped fruit with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well and refrigerate before eating.