Our papaya juice recipe requires minimal effort to make. All you need to do is peel the fruit and put everything in the blender. If you’ve never tried this tropical fruit, here are a few things you should know.
Since your body can’t manufacture some micronutrients, you need to eat vegetables and fruits to provide your body with them. Papaya happens to be a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, especially vitamins A and C.
Papaya is also high in fiber and contains an enzyme called papain that helps break down protein. In addition, papaya brings many other benefits, including improving skin health, reducing inflammation, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
We also love this fruit for its sweetness yet low-calorie count. This makes it perfect for eating fresh or as a healthy juice drink without having to add too many sweeteners.
As a result, our papaya juice recipe only needs 1 tablespoon of sugar to make 4 servings of juice.
In addition, one serving of our papaya juice provides only 68 calories. This makes it perfect for pairing with many kinds of dishes without consuming too many calories.
How to Tell If a Papaya Is Ripe
Here are a few tips to help you know when a papaya is ripe:
Papaya fruit is harvested when it is unripe. At this stage, the skin is green and will slowly start to turn yellow as it ripens.
When the papaya is fully yellow and feels soft to the touch, it should be ripe, sweet, and ready to eat. However, if you leave it too long, it will become mushy and will no longer taste good.
How to Prepare Papaya
Papayas are cut into chunks and sold in packages in the supermarket. If you like buying a whole fruit, here’s how to prepare it:
1. How to Peel
Papaya has a relatively thin peel that is easy to cut through. You don’t have to apply much pressure to your knife while peeling the fruit.
If you cut too deep into the fruit, you’ll risk removing too much of the flesh.
Here’s how to peel it:
Cut off the top of the papaya.
Place the papaya on the cutting board and cut it in half lengthwise to reveal the inside.
Use a spoon to scoop out all of the black seeds.
Turn the papaya skin-side up and use a knife or a peeler to remove the skin.
2. How to Cut
Now that your fruit is peeled, here’s how to cut it:
Cut it in half lengthwise again to get long quarters of the papaya.
Then, cut it into 1-inch thick chunks. Eat it fresh or throw it in the blender.
Cutting the fruit into thick chunks is faster than thinly slicing it. In addition, it makes it easier for you to hold it with a dessert fork later.
What Does a Papaya Taste Like?
Papaya plants typically thrive in warm, tropical, or subtropical climates. They’re largely cultivated in Central and South America and some parts of the US.
These exotic fruits have long gained popularity for their exquisite taste and texture. Ripe papaya carries a delicate sweetness and slightly firm yet buttery and juicy flesh that melts in your mouth.
That being said, many people often describe the scent of the fruit as unpleasant. If you’ve come to love this sweet, juicy fruit, its distinct aroma is likely much less noticeable.
What Happens If You Drink This Juice Daily?
Papaya is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. If you have a glass of papaya juice every day, your body will receive an extra boost in vitamins.
Although papaya does contain beta-carotene, it’s only a small dose. Drinking papaya juice or eating the fruit every day won’t turn your skin yellow.
You don’t have to worry about overconsuming other vitamins and minerals either.
The number of vitamins and minerals in one serving of papaya juice can barely meet your recommended daily intake. If you’re drinking a glass daily, it won’t cause any harmful effects on your body.
However, drinking the same fruit juice every day is not usually recommended. To prevent boredom and make fruits more enjoyable, we recommend eating or drinking other types of fruit/juice.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Emily Rogers is a California-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in Public Health Dietetics. She has had an eclectic career working as a health educator, nutrition counselor, recipe developer, clinical dietitian and outpatient dietitian. Emily is currently a full-time Public Health Nutritionist with the County of Orange where she teaches Nutrition Education and Community Nutrition courses.
It tasted really good.
Easy and delicious. I'll definitely make this again.