I love this time of year!!! There is an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables….
In years gone by…Papaya was an exotic fruit found only in the tropics. Lucky for us…you can get it just about everywhere now. 🙂
Papaya is deliciously sweet with a soft consistency…it’s flesh is orange in color and inside you will find black seeds that are in a kind of jelly like substance. You can eat the seeds but they are slightly peppery and bitter.
Papaya is rich in antioxidants… Carotenes, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and all the B Vitamins. These antioxidants help promote heart health and protect against colon cancer.
Papaya contains Papain which is similar to Bromelain found in Pineapples. It has amazing anti inflammatory properties as well as helping fight free radicals and aiding in digestion. The high fiber and water content in papayas can help prevent constipation and promote regularity.
Vitamins C & A will also give your immune system a boost 😉
Zeaxanthin…an antioxidant found in papaya…has been shown to filter out harmful blue light rays and can possibly play a role in your eye health warding off damage from macular degeneration. 3 or more servings of fruit a day have been shown to decrease the risk and progression of age related macular degeneration.
You can also mash up a papaya and use it topically on burns or wounds to help promote healing and reduce the risk of infection!
When you buy a papaya…look for reddish orange skin that is slightly soft to the touch. If they have patches of yellow on the outer skin..they will need a few more days to ripen. Papaya should be stored at room temeprature before you cut it…to ripen faster..place them in a paper bag.
Papaya is usually eaten like a melon…sliced or cubed…you can also eat it frozen or mashed as a base for your favorite beverage or smoothie 🙂
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