As a fruit, papaya and its multi-purpose papaya seeds have grown in popularity. You may have seen the fruit in traditional grocery stores, an experience that you wouldn't have had as little as five years ago. If you haven't seen papaya before, here's what you can expect. Papaya is a large fruit with a greenish orange outer shell. On the inside, papaya is the color of salmon or mango. The fruit has an oblong shape. Large papaya weigh up to 25 pounds.1 Because the fruit is so large, there are several ways to benefit from the food as you consider what to do with papaya.
What To Do With Papaya?
For starters, you can scoop papaya seeds out of the fruit and eat the seeds. This option is a good way to ingest vitamins and minerals. You could also clean the seeds, set them on a towel and enjoy eating dried papaya seeds a day later. Try the fruit. See how you enjoy the taste and texture of the fruit, its skin and the papaya seeds. Furthermore, if you acquire a taste for the super fruit, you may want to stock up on papaya seeds.
An easy way to keep papaya leaf products at your home or office is through Herbal Goodness, a woman owned and woman managed health foods company. In addition to manufacturing and offering organic, non-GMO papaya products, Herbal Goodness gives you choices. More about those organic product choices further in this article. But, to give you an idea, at Herbal Goodness, you can get papaya leaf blood support, papaya leaf liquid extract and papaya seed powder. It's these options that expand your choices as it regards what to do with a papaya.
For instance, regarding what to do with a papaya, you could use Herbal Goodness papaya seeds powder to add robust flavor to a healthy salad of fruit and green leafy vegetables. Another rewarding choice would be to use papaya to make a delicious, healthy fruit smoothie. In fact, we share three papaya seed powder recipes in this article.
Why You Should Start Eating Papaya Seeds
Papaya seeds offer a taste that's similar to a mild pepper. Depending on your taste buds, you also might think that papaya seeds taste like a mild horseradish. Unlike the fleshy part of papaya, the seeds are bitter. People living in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Central America, Mexico, South Africa, India and Brazil have eaten papaya seeds straight out of the fruit's shell for years.
These natives knew what to do with papaya early on. They used the fleshy part of papaya, the juice from papaya and papaya seeds to support skin, indigestion, strong hair and, in some cases, contraception. Other uses as it regards what to do with a papaya include to tenderize meat, as a juice and for pie filling.2 When ripe, papaya has also been used to help rid of ring worms and to add iron and potassium to a diet. You might love that papaya, including papaya seeds, can be eaten raw. This tropical fruit is low in calories which makes it a good source of vitamins and enzymes while you're making food choices that lead to you weighing less.
Papaya Seeds Recipes
Sprucing up salad is a good way to use papaya seeds. You can even use papaya seeds to make your own homemade papaya seed dressing.
Papaya Seed Dressing3
- 1/3 cup Rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup Fresh papaya seeds
- 1 teaspoon HerbalGoodness papaya leaves
- 1/3 cup teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 small onion
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
Place ingredients in a blender. Then, blend on medium until silky smooth. Pour over your favorite leafy salad of fresh vegetables, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.
Here are the ingredients that you'll need for this fresh, healthy papaya salad:
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon papaya seeds
- 1 teaspoon HerbalGoodness papaya seed powder
- 1 medium salmon
- 3 cups of kale
- 1 tomato
- 1 cucumber
Cook salmon in an oven preheated at 350 degrees
Remove salmon after it's center is pinkish white
In a salad bowl, add salmon slices, and sliced tomato and cucumber
Sprinkle with sesame seeds, papaya seeds and Herbal Goodness papaya seed powder
Hawaiian Papaya Salad
- 1 medium sized papaya
- 1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 teaspoon HerbalGoodness papaya leaves
- 1/4 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup cherries
Slice the papaya in half. Scoop the fleshy part of the papaya and the papaya seeds out of the fruit, leaving less than a dozen seeds in the fruit.
In a separate bowl, gently stir the pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, Herbal Goodness papaya leaves and cherries.
Fill the empty papaya shell with the fruit mix. Enjoy!
Where To Buy Papaya Seeds
Papaya seeds are freshest when scooped from within the super fruit. This is how Herbal Goodness' founder enjoyed the fruit as a youngster and while pregnant with her child. Those early papayas grew strong and natural in Africa. Because she enjoyed the taste and the health benefits derived from natural papaya, Dr. Unoma Okorafor, HerbalGoodness' founder and chief executive officer, is passionate about sharing the super fruit benefits with you.
The fruit is so large that it could take you days to finish eating one papaya, increasing the risk that you'd end up wasting some of the fruit. However, if you get papaya seeds from Herbal Goodness, you can extend the shelf life of the organic food. For instance, Herbal Goodness Green Papaya Fruit Powder and Herbal Goodness Blood Support Tea can last weeks.
Other Herbal Goodness papaya products with a long shelf life include our liquid juice extract, papaya seed powder, papaya leaves and papaya leaf tea. The papaya leaf tea comes in a box of 24 count tea bags. If you're a tea lover, consider getting a case of the organic tea, which raises another point.
In addition to being easy to start enjoying from Herbal Goodness online, when you choose Herbal Goodness papaya seeds, you get healthy products that are made from non-GMO papaya. In other words, not only are you making a healthy choice, you're getting a super fruit that is not genetically modified. And, you're supporting women entrepreneurs, farmers in areas like Ecuador, Africa and Japan. This is a plus because Herbal Goodness supports sustainable organic farming and education by offering scholarships to children of its farmers. Click here to get HerbalGoodness organic Papaya Leaf products.
- Britannica. Papaya Tree and Fruit. Accessed August 13, 2020.
- New World Encyclopedia. Papaya. Accessed August 13, 2020.
- House of Nash. Papaya Seed Dressing. Accessed August 13, 2020.