Papaya has been researched this evening. 331% of the RDA for vitamin C. And countless health benefits. I saw them at a one man Market on my way home from work in a Shell gas station lot. I invited the gentleman to come visit in Conroe and speak to Chef Michael so he could bring South of the Border fruits to Conroe, We had a tough time communicating. Maybe he will visit soon; after I invite him a few more times.
I am curious also about the seeds and skin where additional nutritional value is supposedly hiding. I have read a few too many articles. They seem to contradict each other. Here is a sampling of my favorite one.
Do you eat papaya seeds?
Googling for something else, I found a mention that papaya seeds were edible. I never knew this.
Usually the taste is compared to pepper, mustard or watercress and one place compared it to horseradish or wasabi. It has the same active ingrediants as papaya seeds. I like the description that called the taste 'sparky'.
Supposedly eating the seeds with the fruit, will enhance the sweet taste of the papaya.
Like papaya, the seeds contain an enzyme that tenderizes meat, so meats marinated in papaya seeds or cooked with them will be very tender.
Those same enzymes will also breakdown proteins in mosquito bites, so rubbing a mosquito bite with papaya seeds eases the itching.
There are a lot of weird health claims to papaya seeds. In one culture they are eaten as a aprodesiac. On the other hand there are studies that say they reduce fertility. One guy said he dried the seeds and fed them to his rabbit, so ... They are used as dewormers.
Usually people use them in salad dressing
1/2 ripe papaya
2 tablespoons fresh papaya seeds
1/2 cup nut oil
1 tablespoon of rice or white wine vinegar
Puree in a blender.
Or just blend seeds with oil and vinegar. Some recipes added mustard - dry or bottled.