Benefits How to Make Recipe for Papaya Juice

Benefits How to Make Recipe for Papaya Juice - The papaya, papaw, or pawpaw is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, from southern Mexico to Central America. It was first cultivated in Mexico from about 300AD.

The papaya is a tall, tree-like plant, with a single stem growing from 5 to 10 m (16 to 33 ft) tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk. The lower trunk is roughened and scarred from where old leaves and fruit have fallen off. The papaya trees come in male and female varieties with the fruit of the female tree being the most desirable. The male fruit is long, spindly and more bitter. The flowers are small and wax-like. They grow from the where the leaf stems meet the trunk and mature into large fruit - 15–45 cm (5.9–17.7 in) long and 10–30 cm (3.9–11.8 in) in diameter. The fruit is ripe when it feels soft and its skin has changed colour from green to a yellowish orange. Internally the flesh of the fruit can be yellow or a pinky-red colour. In the centre are a large number of small seeds, each about the size of a peppercorn. These are mostly not eaten but they can be dried and ground for use as a pepper substitute.

From its native habitat the papaya has spread throughout Central America and much of South America, including Venezuela and northern Argentina. It is also cultivated throughout the Caribbean islands and in Florida. British ships carried the papaya to colonies in Africa including South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania where it is known as Pawpaw. It is also found in India, Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. Today papayas are grown in most tropical zones and frost-free climates. The plant is easy and fast to grow in sandy, well-drained soils and bears its first fruit within about three years.

Here is a recipe to make a delicious juice

* 1/2 medium size Papaya
* 1/2 cup Fresh Pineapple Juice/ Orange Juice
* 2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
* 2 teaspoons Sugar or Honey
* 1/8 teaspoon Black pepper Powder
* 1/2 cup Cold Water (for desired consistency)
* Salt to taste

Peel papaya and remove seeds; dice it into small pieces. Place papaya pieces, pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, sugar, black pepper powder, 1/2 cup cold water and salt in blender or food processor. Blend until a smooth puree. Check for consistency; if it is too thick, then add more water or pineapple juice. Blend it again for 5 seconds and taste for sugar and tartness. Add more sugar to make sweeter or more lime juice to make it tangy and blend again for 5 seconds. Fresh papaya fruit juice is ready. Pour it in chilled serving glasses and serve immediately.

Papaya contains the carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene, which have been shown to protect the eyes from free-radical damage, and lower the incidence of many cancers. The papaya plant is the only natural source of the papain. Because this enzyme works as a natural digestive aid, able to break down protein and cleansing the digestive tract, it is used in dietary supplements and meat tenderizers. Papain can also help improve indigestion, hay fever, and chronic diarrhoea.

Per calorie, papaya contains as much vitamin C as oranges; one cup, or 55 calories, has 144% of your daily need of vitamin C and 31% of vitamin A. Papaya is also an excellent source of folate and a good source of potassium and fibre when eaten.

Some people find that papaya irritates skin and eyes, so avoid touching eyes while juicing, and always wash your hands after handling papaya.