The papaya, aka the pawpaw, is regarded as one of nature’s ultimate nutritional powerhouses. Originally hailing from Mexico and Hawaii, this superfood is an excellent source of antioxidants and contains carotenes; vitamins A, B, and C; folic and pantothenic acid; potassium; magnesium; and fiber.
The sweet tropical fruit papaya—known as pawpaw in other cultures— is one of the healthiest fruits and a wonderful superfood. With its sweet and aromatic undertones and soft, butter-like consistency, there’s no question as to why Christopher Columbus dubbed it the “fruit of the angels.”
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Dubbed “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, meltingly sweet papaya offers a splash of exotic flair to sweet and savory dishes. Available year round but best in summer and fall, one papaya has more than three times the daily value of powerhouse antioxidant vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and heart health.By Wendy McMillan
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1 cup papaya, peeled and diced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon red onion, diced
Dash of chili powder
In a blender or food processor, combine papaya, lime juice, honey, and water. Process until smooth, then stir finely diced red onion and a dash of chili powder.
2 cups fresh or frozen and thawed papaya cubes (mango may be subsituted)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about half a lime)
2 teaspoons dried mint
1/2 cup full-fat yogurt, plain or vanilla
Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
1. In a food processor, combine papaya or mango, honey, lime juice, and mint, and pulse to make a very coarse puree.
2. Transfer to a medium bowl, and fold in yogurt; add more honey to taste.
3. Divide among four individual serving dishes, and refrigerate for one to two hours before serving, or freeze for 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh mint; serve with biscotti.
nutrition info per serving (4): 111 calories; 1 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 2 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 22 mg sodium