Papaya is the fruit of all seasons. Even though it is a sweet fruit, not many like its slightly bitter undertone. While there are people who relish raw papaya, there are some who just can't stand the smell, the taste and the sight of it. The reason why this fruit is still forced onto our plate is because it is great for overall health. It's a superfood that must form a part of our everyday diet for its many benefits. It's a mixed bag of nutrients, phytonutrients and vitamins that makes it a wholesome source of daily nutrition. It is not just beneficial for health but it also promotes better skin and hair. Sadly, this all-rounder food still doesn't have many takers.
Papaya is popular in the health circuits for its high content of a particular enzyme called papain. While it is a storehouse of vital nutrients and disease-fighting properties, it also harbours a pungent odour and a nasty taste. When papaya is growing in the fields, its epidermis (outer layers of skin) gets cut, but the fruit keeps growing after the cut and it ends up changing its internal structure and texture, which brings in the bitter aftertaste in the fruit.
Papaya is particularly difficult to transport once it has ripened. Its outer skin becomes mushy and soft and is likely to get crushed. Hence, most of the times, these fruits are plucked before they are fully ripened and shipped off. When they do ripen after that, they develop a somewhat unpleasant taste.
In spite of the off-putting smell and slightly bitter flavour, which, by the way doesn't happen all the time, this fruit is a treasure trove of wellness. It is one food that naturally cleanses your gut and keeps the digestive system running smoothly. It helps in faster breakdown of food and aids in weight loss. It provides defence against life-threatening ailments like heart issues and diabetes.
With these and more such benefits, it is advised to be eaten by all means. But, what do we do about that smell? And, that biting taste is hard to miss! Well, here's a genius trick that will solve your problem and let you enjoy this wonder fruits sans aversion -
Just add a dash of lime juice to it. That's it.
Really, lime adds a fresh zest to the fruit, which kills its bad odour and also neutralises its bitterness. If you still can't get yourself to eat it raw like other fruits, come up with interesting dishes that contain papaya and lemon.
Papaya And Lemon Salad
Fix a light and healthy salad with papaya, lemon and some nuts for a crunchy addition.
(Also read: Hawaiin Papaya Salad)
Papaya And Lemon Beverage
Blend papaya with mint leaves, some water and a dash of lemon juice. Drink this refreshing drink to cool off this summer.
(Also Read: Raw Papaya Kebabs Recipe)
Papaya And Lemon Dessert
Mash papaya, sprinkle lime juice, sugar and other ingredients of your choice. Freeze and enjoy it later as a dessert.
(Also Read: Raw Papaya Cubes Recipe)
Let's not be devoid of the numerous health benefits of papaya for healthy body, skin and hair. Try these hacks and avail the fruits of this fruit.