papaya with lemon juice
My husband is South African. Growing up, he had a variety of fruit trees growing in his backyard (avocado and papaya in particular). As kids, they could actually reach up, pick an avocado off the tree and eat it like an apple any time they wanted. To this day, I think this is one of the coolest things. On one of my visits to South Africa, his father greeted us one morning with freshly-picked-from-the-backyard papaya (paw-paw as they call it) with freshly squeezed lemon juice gently layered over the top. Papaya has a rather distinctive flavor. And the lemon juice cuts it quite beautifully. Papaya is one of the most nutrient packed fruits, studded with vitamin C and E - so it’s great for your skin, hair & nails.
1 papaya (free of blemishes and one that only gives slightly to the touch)
spoon or melon baller
- Cut the papaya in half. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds. Discard them. Using half of a small lemon, squeeze juice over papaya. Scoop out the fruit flesh with a spoon or melon baller.