Papaya is a very juicy tropical fruit, with an oily texture, as well as soft, which ranks first in the world in exports.
The papaya it is a tropical fruit whose origin is not very clear. There are voices that put it in Mexico and others that it originated in Peru, but in one way or another its cultivation is currently spreading across America, Africa, Asia and Europe (southern Spain and the Canary Islands).
This fruit has a thin yellowish-green skin when we find it on the ripe market, and its inside is in an orange or reddish tone, which makes it irresistible on the palate.
When you open the papaya and inhale its aroma, it will remind us of the smell of the sweetest melon we can find in the summer. Then its taste can remind us of various ripe fruits, pears, melons and even strawberries.
When we go to buy papaya, we must first look at its color, did you know that it is a yellowish tone. To check if it is ripe, press the fruit with your fingers, if it recedes easily, it is at the optimal time for consumption. Moreover, as with the papaya in the photo, some brown spots are very common on her skin, but this is not a sign that she is “old”, as it does not affect the quality of her pulp at all.
Keep in mind that this is a very fragile and rather volatile fruit, so it must be handled very carefully. When ripe, it should be stored in the refrigerator, where we can keep it in good condition for about a week. Although if we buy it very green without maturing, we have to leave it at room temperature until the green skin starts to turn yellow. If this does not happen, it is a sign that the fruits are tasteless and tasteless, if so, I recommend cooking them for dessert.
This soft and sweet fruit has digestive, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. In addition, in our kitchen it is very flexible, as it combines very well with an infinite number of foods, ham, salads, cold soups, skewers and tapas, vegetable garnishes, carpaccio, cream, creams or beaten in irresistibly melted dark chocolate.
The papaya It is a fruit rich in vitamins A, C, E and some of the B complex, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and some more, in smaller quantities. Its consumption also guarantees 38% of the recommended daily intake of folic acid. This also gives us Papain, an enzyme (exclusively for papaya) that helps us digest proteins.
This makes papaya a perfect ally of our digestive system, as well as a healthy, rich and pleasant dessert.
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