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Papaya Smoothie

My current obsession for papaya seeds has left me with tons of papaya fruit with the middles scraped out. Its hot outside and I’ve got tons of fruit. What a predicament. I’m sure I can find something to do with it! Luckily, my blender tapped me on the shoulder to give me a quick hint. IT’S SMOOTHIE TIME!!

Papaya and Mango Smoothie

  • 2 papayas
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • lychees: optional

I know you don’t need directions, you just cut the fruit apart and mix it together! You can make it any ratio of fruit you want. I had a lot of papaya, so I was able to make a whole pitcher. I’ve been pouring it out and adding a bit of white wine or sugar water to thin it down a bit. One way or the other I’ve been having fun.

So this post isn’t a complete waste, here’s a video on how to cut a mango. You can skip to the 35 second mark to skip all the mango chef’s credentials. ENJOY!

Forkable Food Fixations: Papaya Seeds

I always find myself becoming obsessed with a new food which I then shove into every recipe I make. Last winter it was toasting spices in oil, recently I’ve been putting sumac into everything from soups to on top of my bagels. While doing research for our Polynesian meal, I discovered the amazing properties of the papaya seed. And now… I’m hooked.

“What can you use papaya seeds for“, you ask? Well, lets show you in a bulleted list. Papaya seeds:

**Ok, well only proven on monkeys and mice, but still. Interesting.

Crunching into a fresh seed releases a tart bitter flavor which is nice and fresh especially with the mellow sweet papaya flavor of the pulpy flesh surrounding the hard inner core. Its so good, I’ve been integrating into all my sample recipes for our Polynesian fest.

papaya seeds used as a tenderizer on striped bass ceviche and for a leg of goat.

I remember back when I found the slimy seeds to be an annoyance when cutting into a ripe papaya, but now, I’ve been buying the fruit just for the seeds. Now the question is what can I do with all this left over fruit??

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