Papaya Fruit


The flavor of a ripe papaya fruit can make many people forget that the food is packed with diverse nutrients. In the tropic climate is regularly in season all year long.


The papaya consists of large amounts of vitamins and minerals. The inexpensive fruit can provide you with Vitamins E, C, A and K; also fiber, potassium, folate as well as other antioxidants and flavonoids.


How Papaya Improves your Health

Some health experts agree that it contains many helpful compounds that can boost the immunity and could also serve as natural relief for common conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and gastrointestinal problems. There are additional studies that show that the papaya nutrients can protect individuals from developing cancer of the colon.


More Healthy Benefits Associated with Papayas


It is the high level of natural fiber in papayas that appear to be effective in the battle against high cholesterol. The fiber helps the body remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and digestive tract. Certain enzymes in the fruit can block cholesterol from completing the typical oxidation process. Without oxidation the cholesterol does not change into the sticky substance that blocks your arteries and blood vessels.

Ripe papaya in a half


In addition to these healthy benefits many people believe that papayas can help relieve sore throats, diarrhea and reduce the appearance of age spots.


Normally the papaya fruit is eaten ripe (without skin or seeds); but since the following recipe is for a lunch or dinner side dish you could use an unripe green one instead so that the flavor can combine well with the other ingredients.


Green Papaya Herb Salad


Ingredients:

1 green papaya (skin and seeds removed)
4 green onions (chopped)
1 ripe tomato
⅓ cup of lemon juice (or lime juice)
¼ cup toasted cashew nuts
12 yellow pear tomatoes halved (or another type of small tomato)
½ cup mint leaves (chopped)
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)
crushed garlic to taste

Servings: 4

Directions:

1- Mix all of these ingredients (except for the tomato, lemon juice and cashew nuts) together.

2- Add the cashews to the top of the salad.

3- Now create a dressing by blending a ripe tomato with ⅓ cup of lemon juice and adding a little crushed garlic.


It is a simple Thai inspired dish that is nourishing and delicious; alternatively you could add shredded baked chicken mixed in with the salad.














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