During these wintery months, our thoughts often turn to warm beaches, tropical breezes, and clear blue water. But while we are stuck here in the cold, we can at least enjoy the fruits of the tropics, including sweet and healthy Papaya.
Papaya fruit is delicious, but it is also incredibly nutritious and offers many amazing health-giving benefits. It can help protect against heart disease, promote digestive health, support immune health, provide anti-inflammatory nutrients, among others. And the good news is Papaya trees produce fruit year-round, so you always have access to this amazing produce, called the "Fruit of the Angels" by Christopher Columbus.
You can use Papayas in many different ways, including eating them as is, adding them to a salad, or in many recipes. The easiest and purest way to enjoy the fruit is to eat it like a melon (wash it, cut it lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and eat with a spoon.) The seeds are actually edible and have a peppery flavor, but many discard the seeds as they can taste quite bitter. You can also cut up papaya to include in your salads or include it in your smoothies.