How to Cut a Papaya | Best Way to Cut and Eat Papaya | Papaya 101

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         Papaya is sweet, succulent, a pleasantly buttery texture, and juicy tropical fruit. It offers abundant health benefits. They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Learn how to cut papaya and use it in a salad, in a smoothie.

       Papayas are ripe when their green skin has started turning yellow and looks bruised. Full of antioxidants, flavonoids, plus loads of vitamins and minerals, this is one of the healthiest of nature's fruit. Papaya seeds are edible and that has a pepper-like flavor. Often you can find papaya used in Indian cuisines, either raw or cooked.

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Besides being found in a variety of different cuisines due to its wonderful flavor, papaya is especially wonderful for anyone with a sensitive stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, or poor digestion. It contains a special digestive enzyme called papain, which is why the fruit is revered as a powerful digestive aid. Below we cover everything from selecting the ripest of papayas to how to cut and cube them.

How to cut Papaya:

  • Wash and pat dry the papaya.
  • Place the papaya on a cutting board. 
  • Cutting off the top ends of the papaya.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the papaya in half lengthwise.
  • Open ​the halved papaya and separate it into two sections.
  • Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and the sticky white membrane that coats them.
  • Seeds have a strong flavor, which is more like black peppercorns.​
  • To peel the Papaya:
  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin.
  • Now turn the papaya over and simply slice into wedges, thick or thin as you like.  
  • Keep cutting if you want cubes of fruit.

To Eat the Papaya:

  • Squeeze lime juice over the papaya to enhance the flavor of the fruit. 
  • Sprinkle some salt over the papaya.
  • Sweet, succulent, and pleasantly buttery textured papaya is ready to serve. Enjoy!!!

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Health Benefits of Eating Papaya:

  • This anti-aging fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Good for weight loss.
  • Relieves Constipation.
  • Boost immune system.
  • Enhances good eyesight (Vitamin A)
  • Increases fertility(folate). 
  • Reduces high blood pressure (potassium).
  • Helps in weight loss(fiber).
  • Improves skin health(vitamin E).
  • Strengthens bones(calcium).
  • Prevents cramps(magnesium)

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • 1 Cup of Papaya contains 86 calories, along with 21 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g fats, and 0.9 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.

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