Papaya, also called papaw or pawpaw is a fruit enjoyed globally and highly valued for its many benefits.
Papaya is used in a variety of ways. The ripe fruit is eaten, consumed in the form of juice, used on the skin and in cooking.
Fresh Papaya Fruit
Papaya is rich in dietary fiber and therefore aids in digestion. Eating a cup of freshly chopped papaya or drinking a glass of freshly made papaya juice 2 to 3 times a week can help the digestive system function more efficiently and remove toxins from the body.
How to Make Papaya Juice
- 1 lb (450 grams) ripe papaya, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 2 glasses of water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Papaya for Skin Care
Papaya contains Vitamins A, B and C and is an ideal skin food since it promotes healthy skin. The papain in the fruit helps to rebuild skin tissues and protects against wrinkles. This is one reason why papaya is a popular ingredient used in homemade skin-firming and anti-aging masks.
Papaya Facial Mask
Take ½ a raw green papaya. Wash it. Peel and chop into pieces. Put into grinder with a tablespoon of honey and grind into a paste. Transfer to a clean bowl.
Was your face with warm water and baby soap. Wipe dry with a face towel. Apply the papaya paste on the face. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do this treatment twice a week.
Green papaya is a common ingredient used in some parts to tenderize meat. The papain in the fruit helps to soften meat. Adding a piece of green papaya to tenderize meat is a traditional cooking technique used by the ancient people of Mexico, Central America and South America.
In some countries in Asia papaya is used raw in salads or cooked in curries.