Papaya-September's celebrated food of the month!
Did you know that a papaya tree can get as tall as 20ft and produces about 80lbs of fruit? That is about 160 quarter pound cheeseburgers!
Have you had papaya before? Share your favorite ways to prepare this tropical fruit with us!
Papaya isn't only a great food for the late night summers, but can also be a delicious fall fruit- or should we say BERRY! See recipe below for a brown sugar papaya that smells and tastes like fall.
Recipes that include Papaya
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 medium Solo papayas (14 ounces each), halved lengthwise and seeded
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Step 1Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir together sugar and ginger in a small bowl. Arrange papaya halves, cut sides up, in a 10-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over halves.
Step 2Bake, brushing papaya edges with melted sugar mixture (it will collect in well of fruit) 2 or 3 times, until mixture is bubbling and papaya edges are beginning to darken, 35 to 40 minutes.
Step 3Sprinkle each serving with a pinch of cayenne. Serve with lime wedges.
Cook's Notes These fruits can be served as a dessert, or as a side dish in place of roasted squash. We like to use Solo papayas for their petite size; if you use Mexican ones, quarter them instead of halving.
1. The papaya belongs to the Carica Papaya tree.
2. The papaya is a tropical fruit tree and it is also famous as the names Papaw and Pawpaw.
3. The papaya originated in the tropical regions of the Americas.
4. The papaya fruit is actually a large berry.