Our advice and good recipes for preparing papaya: Femme Actuelle Le MAG

So little tasted and yet ultra-tasty, papaya is an exotic fruit that we appreciate both in salty and sweet versions. To make the most of this juicy and sweet fruit, we suggest you make three desserts. Crumble style, in carpaccio or in a creamy mousse, papaya can be cooked in many ways!

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Green papaya, seeds, recipes: how to prepare and eat papaya?

Papaya is an exotic fruit that comes in two many varieties. Green papaya, papaya sunrise, papaya golden, papaya solo 8… there are many on the market. All are distinguished by different criteria such as its color, its flavors… The main thing is to choose it well, smooth and spotless.

To prepare the papaya, cut it in half then, using a spoon, remove the black seeds that are inside the fruit. You can then proceed to the peeling step. Take a knife and remove the skin from the fruit. All you have to do is use papaya in your recipes.

To cook papaya, know that it is possible to taste it in savory recipes and sweet recipes. So do not hesitate to roast your papaya and serve it with beef or serve it in a savory vitamin salad. The sweet and savory combination will brighten up your taste buds! As a dessert, papaya is prepared in many recipes. Cakes, cheesecakes, verrines, crumble, mousse, fruit salad or flan and smoothie, papaya is popular in various desserts.

The recipe for papaya carpaccio and dried fruits

Treat yourself with a fresh and gourmet recipe. Both crunchy and melting, it is ideal for a gourmet break.

The ingredients for 4 people :

  • 1 ripe but firm papaya
  • 40g almonds
  • 40g cashew nuts
  • 40 g walnuts
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 60g of sugar
  • 2 pinches of fleur de sel
  • 3 tbsp. water

The recipe steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Spread the dried fruits on a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast them for 5 minutes in the oven. Then let them cool then pour them into a pan and add the sugar, water and salt. Fry the dried fruits and caramelize everything over low heat, stirring occasionally. Once ready, pour them on a sheet of baking paper, spread them out and let them cool.
  3. Peel the papaya then cut it in half. Then remove the seeds, cut the pulp into thin strips and distribute them on plates. Grate the zest of a single lemon then squeeze the two lemons. Mix the juice with the honey and the zest then pour it all over the plates filled with papayas.
  4. Then crush the dried fruits with a knife and sprinkle them over the papaya carpaccio. Decorate with chopped mint and serve immediately.

Papaya and mango crumble recipe

Crumbles can be eaten both savory and sweet. For a 100% exotic recipe, add papaya to this crispy dessert.

The ingredients for 4 people :

  • 1 papaya
  • 1 large mango
  • 90g butter
  • 30 g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp. tablespoon powdered coconut
  • 60g brown sugar
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 20g flour

The recipe steps:

  1. Start by peeling the fruits then take the papaya seeds and the pulp around the core of the mango. Cut the flesh of the mango into even dice.
  2. Melt 40 g of butter in a large frying pan then sauté the diced fruit for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Then add the vanilla sugar and 20 g of brown sugar then mix and transfer everything to a baking dish.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Pour the flour, ground almonds and coconut into a bowl then add the remaining butter cut into very small cubes. Work the preparation by hand to obtain a texture of coarse sand. Add the remaining brown sugar.
  6. Cover the fruit with this crumble and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy warm or cold.

Papaya mousse recipe

Rather than chocolate mousse, treat yourself to papaya mousse. It’s really super easy to do.

The ingredients for 4 people :

  • 2 papayas
  • 1 lime
  • 120g sugar
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 50 g grated coconut
  • 2 egg whites
  • 20 cl of liquid cream
  • 5 cl of rum
  • 1 pinch of salt

The recipe steps:

  1. Pour the cream into a bowl, beat it then reserve it in the top of the refrigerator or in the freezer so that it cools well.
  2. Then pour the grated coconut into a non-stick coated pan and let it dry-grill for 2 to 3 minutes over low heat, so that it browns evenly. As soon as it takes on a creamy hue, pour it into a bowl and let it cool.
  3. Then divide the papayas in half then using a small spoon, remove all the black seeds and reserve half a papaya for decoration.
  4. Collect the flesh of the others then mix it with the lime juice and add the two sugars and the rum. Mix well and keep everything in the fridge.
  5. Whip the very cold liquid cream into whipped cream. Stop beating as soon as it becomes firm and forms small peaks on the surface. Beat the egg whites stiff with the pinch of salt.
  6. Then mix the mashed papaya and half of the coconut then incorporate the whipped cream and the egg whites delicately into this preparation.
  7. Cut strips from the reserved papaya half. Pour the mousse into a cup and decorate it with strips on top. Place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. At the last moment, sprinkle with the rest of the toasted coconut and serve chilled.

How to store papaya?

If your papaya is just ripe, prefer to put it in the refrigerator to keep it for a few days. Indeed, when ripe, the papaya is difficult to keep. Better to eat it quickly. If, on the other hand, your papaya is not yet ripe enough and has a very green skin, you can place it in a place at room temperature so that it takes on a little color. Once ripe, the papaya will be juicy as desired.

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