There are two types of papayas, the Hawaiian and Mexican. The Hawaiian varieties also known as Solo papayas, are found most often in supermarkets. These fruits are pear shaped, weigh about a pound each, and have yellow skin when ripe. The flesh is bright orange or pinkish, depending on the variety. The Mexican varieties are not as common but can be found in Latino supermarkets. Mexican papayas are much larger then the Hawaiian types and can weigh up to 20 pounds and be more than 15 inches long. Although the flavor is less intense than the Hawaiian varieties, they are still delicious and enjoyable.
Make Papayas Part of Your 5 A Day Plan
- Use papayas to make a hot and spicy salsa.
- Blend papaya with milk, yogurt, or orange juice for a breakfast smoothie.
- Puree papaya to make a delicious salad dressing or base for ice cream or sorbet.
- Add papaya slices to honeydew, melon, and strawberries to make a colorful fruit cup or salad.
Makes 4 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
3/4 cup ripe papaya, diced
3/4 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1/2 cup diced jicama
3 tbsp chopped red onion
1 chili pepper, Serrano or jalapeno
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp minced cilantro
Combine papaya, pineapple, jicama, red onion, chili pepper, garlic zest, lime juice, and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 37, protein 1g, fat 0g, percent calories from fat 5%, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrates 9g, fiber 2g, sodium 2mg
Papaya and Pineapple Juice
Makes 2 (12 ounce) servings
Each serving equals two and a half 5 A Day servings
Official 5 A Day recipe from Produce for Better Health
2 cups of pineapple juice
2 cups of papaya
2 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Cover and blend on high until smooth.
Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 250, protein 1g, fat 0g, percent calories from fat 1%, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrates 61g, fiber 3g, sodium 15mg