Papaya was called “The Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus…

This tropical fruit is abundantly found in Kerala, India. There are couple of papaya trees in the backyard of my Kerala house. Due to the tropical weather in Kerala, it grows almost everywhere and the they don’t need any special pampering or care for its growth. It just grows like a weed. I am quite embarrassed to say that I had ignored this fruit while growing up. For some reason, I couldn’t stand the smell of ripe papaya. We never had to buy papaya from any stores, we just had to pluck it from the trees standing in the backyard. May be this could be the reason why I didn’t give much importance to this fruit; the more I had it, the more I ignored it. But, things got changed when I started living in a country where finding papaya is once in a blue moon thing and frequent buying of papayas will put a hole in the wallet :P Apparently, papaya is one of the expensive fruits here and it never tasted any closer to those papaya plucked from the backyard of my kerala house. In the US, you could see papaya trees in Hawaii and Florida. When I had visited Hawaii, this was the one fruit that I had gobbled from the fruit bars of all the restaurants I had dined.

After knowing about the amazing health benefits of papaya, how I wish I could grow papaya trees in my backyard, sigh…

Health benefits: (www.traditionaloven.com)

  • Increases quality of proteins in whole organism.
  • Revitalise the human body and maintain energy and vitality.
  • Encourages the renewal of muscle tissue.
  • Supports cardiovascular system.
  • Boosts up the immune system.
  • Helps with the digestive system, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.
  • Papaya can be use also externally as a treatment for skin wounds that don’t heal quickly, for this you can use papaya peel or ointments made out of papaya.
  • Prevents the cataract formation.
  • Due to high vitamin A, it lowers the risk of emphysema in smokers and passive smokers.
  • Alleviates inflammation.
  • Helps with the nausea and constipation.
  • Can benefit people suffering colon cancer and other forms of cancers and aliments of cardiovascular and gastroitestinal systems.
How can anyone ever forget about the papaya facial mask which is popular at spas and resorts?
Papaya is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The enzyme papain acts as an exfoliative and removes dead cells. The antioxidants in it helps to control premature ageing of the skin.
Easy Papaya facial:
  • Peel and remove the seeds from a ripe papaya.
  • Chop it into small pieces and blend in a blender or food processor until a very smooth paste is formed.
  • Apply the facial to cleansed neck and face, but not around the eye area.
  • Wait 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Papaya Milkshake


 

Ingredients:

  • Papaya, ripe, diced- 1/2 papaya
  • Milk, skim milk- 2 cups
  • Sugar or honey- 2-3 tbsp

Instruction:

  • Wash the ripe papaya under running water.
  • Cut it into half, peel off the skin and remove the seeds from it.

  • Cut the papaya into small cubes.
  • Put diced papaya, milk, sugar or honey in the blender and blend it into smooth milkshake.

  • Pour this into a milkshake glass and enjoy.

 

 

Papaya Milkshake and its amazing health benefits
 
Ingredients
  • Papaya, ripe, diced- ½ papaya
  • Milk, skim milk- 2 cups
  • Sugar or honey- 2-3 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Wash the ripe papaya under running water.
  2. Cut it into half, peel off the skin and remove the seeds from it.
  3. Cut the papaya into small cubes.
  4. Put diced papaya, milk, sugar or honey in the blender and blend it into smooth milkshake.
  5. Pour this into a milkshake glass and enjoy.