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Fruit of the Month: Papaya!

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.


Papaya-Pineapple Salsa

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

Tropical Kiwifruit Salad

Makes 6 servings
Each serving equals two 5 A Day servings
Official 5 A Day recipe from: Produce for Better Health/ New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board

6 kiwifruit
1 papaya, peeled, quartered, and seeded
12 watermelon triangles, 1/4 thick
4 mint sprigs
1/4 cup limejuice
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Peel kiwifruit and slice 1/4 inch thick rounds. Slice papaya lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange kiwifruit, papaya, and watermelon on four salad plates. Whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined. Drizzle with lime and mint dressings. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 298, protein 5g, fat 3g, percent calories from fat 8%, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrates 70g, fiber 7g, sodium 18mg

Papaya Boats

Makes 4 servings
Each serving equals two and a half 5 A Day servings

2 papayas, ripe 1 cup (11 oz)
Mandarin oranges, drained
1 banana, (small and ripe), sliced
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp chopped fresh mint

Cut papayas in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place oranges, banana, kiwi and berries in each papaya half. Combine yogurt, honey and mint; mix well and spoon over fruit before serving. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

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