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Fruit of the Angels– Papaya (Papaw, Pawpaw)

Friday, November 30th, 2012

One of the exciting things about Bountiful Baskets is the occasional opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables. Once in a while, something really unique and unavailable in my Northern neck of the middle-of-nowhere woods Great Plains shows up in the basket. Today’s basket was one of those baskets! Papaya. PAPAYA! The only papaya I have ever tried before today is in Dole Tropical Canned Fruit—obviously not the same at all as eating the real, uncanned, fresh fruit. I am SO EXCITED! And my kids are too! Baloo the bear from Disney’s Jungle Book even sang a song mentioning the Papaya (in the Bare Necessities—you don’t need a claw to pick the big pawpaw!)

It is rumored that Christopher Columbus, upon trying a Papaya, called it the “Fruit of the Angels”. And, an amazing fruit it truly is! Aside from tasting heavenly and sweet, this fruit is PACKED with some power-house nutrients—provitamin A carotenoids, B vitamins, Vitamin C, lycopene, dietary minerals, and fiber, as well as many phytochemicals, including phynols (antioxidants). Papayas have a lot of natural pectin, which is useful for making jellies and jams. It is also the only plant that produces papain, an enzyme which helps break down proteins, and is often used as a meat tenderizer. Papayas are low calorie, and high fiber. The papaya seeds are edible and are sometimes used as a substitute for pepper, as they have a bitter but somewhat peppery flavor. The leaves have been made into teas in some parts of the world to help combat malaria and other ailments. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! Truly, a rather spectacular plant, and a spectacular fruit!

For more information about some of the health benefits of the papaya, here are a few links:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=47
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carica_papaya
http://www.gurumaa.com/content/papaya-a-powerhouse-of-nutrients.html
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1985/2

WARNING: If you have a latex allergy and are unable to eat avocados and bananas, you should also avoid eating the papaya, as there could be possible allergic reactions.

Here is how you eat it!

  1. Wash it
  2. Cut it in half
  3. Gently scoop the seeds out. Save the seeds to use in a salad dressing, or discard them.
  4. Either peel it gently with a knife or a vegetable peeler, or scoop out the soft meat with a spoon or melon baller
  5. Savor something tropical!

Here are some recipes to try, if you want to venture into cooking with the papaya instead of just chowing down on it!

Papaya Seed Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh papaya seeds
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar (or other try other flavors)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Process the seeds and the onion in a blender or food processor until finely chopped.
  2. Add the onion, vinegar, sugar, and salt and pulse a few times.
  3. With the processor running, slowly drizzle the oil in until it emulsifies.
  4. Enjoy on some greens!

Hawaiian Pineapple, Papaya & Maui Onion Relish

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Hawaiian pineapple, cored and diced into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup papaya, diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Maui onion, diced
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, julienne cut
  • 3 Tbsp. Fresh sage, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. Fresh Chinese parsley, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Shoyu (may use low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, tossing thoroughly. Set aside and chill for a few hours. Serve as a relish for grilled fish or chicken, seared ahi, or as a salsa with chips.

Notes

For some other fun recipes, check out:

http://www.hawaiipapaya.com/recipes.htm

Tomato Papaya Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe papaya (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 large ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (1/4 inch)
  • 1/3 cup diced (1/4 inch) red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced and seeded jalapeño
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Gently combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use, up to 4 hours.

Papaya Avocado Salad

Papaya Ginger Smoothie from Martha Stewart

p.s. If you would like a couple more Papaya recipes, Check out today’s (12-1-12) recipe round-ups!

Conventional Basket Recipe Round-Up for 12-01-12

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Vegetarian Recipes are marked with a (v)

(V) James Beard's AMAZING Persimmon Bread from David Lebovits (contains alcohol in the recipe)

(v) Ginger Persimmon Bread from Joy the Baker (non-alcoholic)

(v) Persimmon Chiffon Pie from Food52

(v) Banana Papaya Pie from Food.com

Papaya Chicken from the Cooking Channel

(v) Chilled Caribbean Red Papaya and Watermelon Soup from Tasty Kitchen.com

Garlic and Sausage stuffed Mushrooms from Allrecipes.com

(v) Mushroom Tikka Masala from Rasa Malaysia

(v) Balsamic Glazed Roasted Carrots from Crumb

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca from Chow

(v) Broccoli and Potato Pancakes from The Family Kitchen

(v) Broccoli and Cheddar Gougères from The Family Kitchen

End of Summer Smoothie

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

“Put the lime in the cucumber…”.  Okay, not quite, but close.  And delicious.

I recently read a recipe for a cucumber lime smoothie and it took the top spot on my “must try” list.  And then, AMAZING!  We got both cucumbers and limes in our basket today!  I came home and immediately threw the ingredients into my blender.  I changed the recipe a little bit (it’s a compulsion) and I’m sure you could adapt this pretty easily to your preferences.  I love the simplicity of the ingredients, and it tastes light, refreshing, and happy.  Today might be the first day of fall, but it still feels like summer and I’m soaking in every minute of sunshine, in the sky or in a smoothie.
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The Anatomy of a Mango Salsa

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

It’s alluring… It could be savory, or sweet, but seems somewhat risky in comparison to whipping together a regular pico de gallo. It sounds very sophisticated, but you may be still intimidated.  We are here to help you untangle the anatomy of a mango salsa!
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Cantaloupe Sorbet

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Sandy H shared this recipe on the Bountiful Baskets Recipes Board:
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Italian Cucumber Salad

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Nothing reminds me of summers growing up as much as this fresh delightful salad!
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Lime Mango Smoothie

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Lime Mango Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • 1/4 cup or so of water

Instructions

  1. remove fruit from 2 mangoes put in blender
  2. peel 1 lime and remove seeds put in blender
  3. A few cubes of ice
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water so it isn't too thick
  5. Blend until smooth (preferably with a high powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix)

Not your Grandma’s Fruit Salad

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

This is a peppy pretty fruit salad!

Not your Grandma’s Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Mango
  • Lime
  • Sprinkle of chili powder (optional)
  • Drizzle of Honey

Instructions

  1. Slice up some strawberries, peaches, mangoes and bananas.
  2. Squeeze a few limes.
  3. Add a drizzle of honey and mix.
  4. Dust with a light sprinkle of chili powder to make it more interesting!