Today's post is all about an underrated fruit- papaya. If you're not a fan, allow us to convince you.
Papaya's unique taste comes from the enzyme papain that acts as a digestive aid. It's so effective at breaking down proteins that many people drink a glass of papaya juice daily to combat constipation and other digestion problems.
The juicy orange flesh of the fruit contains other enzymes that give numerous benefits to the body.
When buying papaya, you don't need to go for a ripe one. The fruit will ripen at home like a banana.
Instead, look for one that is a little green or yellow, then put it on the counter for a few days.
When the fruit ripens, it will be bright yellow and soft to the touch. You can then refrigerate it for about a week in a plastic bag.
TIP: You can speed up the ripening process by putting the papaya in a brown paper bag.
Most people peel and slice papayas and eat them raw in salads. However, they are also delicious when cooked. Here's a simple recipe to get you started.
½ cup chia pudding
1 half of a papaya
1 teaspoon bee pollen
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
1 teaspoon raw pumpkin seeds
1 spring of fresh mint
Slice the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds.
Put chia the pudding in the center then sprinkle the other ingredients on top. Mix it up and enjoy!
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team
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