Not only is papaya a really beautiful, colorful fruit, but it also tastes super sweet and is refreshing on a warm spring or summer day. If you have never tried this superfruit you are missing out on tons of flavor and healthy nutrients!

Papaya grows in most tropical places. When it’s ripe, it is a light green that turns slightly yellow in it’s skin. You will find that the papaya is long and kind of pear shaped. When you cut it open, the inside has a beautiful orange color, and in the middle you will find small black round seeds. Discard these gently with a spoon or save them and grind them up and use for seasoning like pepper.

Fresh raw papaya resembles cantaloupe in it’s taste, and I love when it’s chilled before I eat it. It’s great when eaten raw as is, or in fruit salads and smoothies,   tropical salsa, or on top of your morning oats for a refreshing kick start to your day! Unripe green papaya can be cooked, and in many countries it’s used in sauces and other tropical dishes.

Papaya is very low in calories, about 55 calories for 100 grams, and it contains a lot of water that help fill us up. It’s super rich in vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, B9, and C. Papaya is also high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. It is a great natural digestive aid and can help skin heal from sunburns and skin discolorations, cuts and rashes. Sounds like we should be adding this superfruit to our meals often!

How do you eat your papaya?