How to Cut and prepare a Papaya

IMG_6022Today’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.IMG_2429

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.IMG_6012 IMG_6013

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. IMG_6014 IMG_6018IMG_6020IMG_60214.   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. IMG_6022

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

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