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3 Juicy Recipes for National Papaya Month

PapayaWell, if Papayas weren’t juicy enough all by themselves, it’s National Papaya Month in September!

The papaya is a really amazing fruit, some getting to be over 19 inches in length.

When ripe, the flesh becomes orangy & the rind becomes yellow.

The chilled juice is tasty and the black seeds can be used for garnishes or just eaten as is. When used in the green state, they can be sauteed.

Thai Papaya Salad:

To use papaya in salads, try combining ripe papaya & mango with some exotic flavors from the islands, and you have a marvelous side dish or main salad that can be “beefed” up with chicken, beef, shrimp or fish.


  • papaya – cubed
  • mango – cubed
  • lime juice
  • lemon juice
  • cilantro
  • basil
  • red pepper flakes
  • honey
  • crushed peanuts
  • lime wedges – to serve


  1. Cube papaya & mango.
  2. Into a bowl, mix all ingredients and toss lightly.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Top with crushed peanuts, if desired.

This is a very tasty combination, and can be garnished with lime wedges. Perfect for those hot summer days!

Savory Sauteed Papaya:

Papaya PlantWant to use papaya for something other than a dessert or bevvy? Let’s go with this savory side dish that can accompany meals with fish, chicken or seafood.


  • papaya – cubed
  • peanut oil or butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lime juice
  • lime wedge – to serve
  • parsley or cilantro – chopped; as garnish


  1. Cube & seed papaya.
  2. Sautee papaya in peanut oil or butter on medium heat.
  3. After slightly browning, stir and toss in salt, pepper and lime juice at once.

Serve sprinkled with parsley or cilantro, and a lime wedge on the side, if desired.

Tropical Papaya Smoothie:

What sounds better, no matter what time of year, than a tropical papaya smoothie? I don’t think many people would pass up this cold, fruity delight!


  • papaya
  • 1 can coconut juice/water
  • mango – if desired
  • 1 cup half & half cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • ice – if desired


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice, if desired.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve garnished with a slice of ripe papaya.

Absolutely delicious, and cools you down on a warm day.

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