Australian papaya is set to hit stores in abundance, with the spring peak bringing a plentiful supply of fresh, tasty fruit thanks to favourable winter conditions.
“We’re confident there will be plenty of deliciously fresh Aussie papaya available nation-wide.”
Dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon, says that coming into the warmer months, papaya is a great snack that can help keep the whole family healthy.
“Papaya is the perfect addition to your weekly shopping basket. One serving (150g) provides a healthy dose of folate, fibre, vitamin C and vitamin A, which helps keep your immune system, gut health and skin in-check.
“If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics, papaya is a versatile option for the whole family.”
Traditionally eaten fresh, the taste and texture of papaya is also great for smoothies, desserts or chopped and sprinkled over your morning muesli. Whether it be a zesty salsa, tangy muffin or vibrant salad, papaya can add a refreshing and tropical twist to any dish, sweet or savoury.
JEMMA O’HANLON’S TOP TIPS FOR ENJOYING PAPAYA
First, pick a perfect one in-store. Ripe papaya will yield to gentle pressure. Because the fruit is fragile a few smalls spots and blemishes are normal and aren’t an indication of quality. Papaya should have green/yellow skin.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO TRY:
Super Squeeze: Give your papaya a zesty twist by adding a squeeze of fresh lime. As an added kick, try sprinkling with chilli salt
Boosted Baking: When added to cakes and banana bread, papaya adds extra fibre, nutrients and vitamins. Try this recipe for papaya and banana bread
Spicy Seafood: Papaya pairs perfectly with seafood. Whip up a spicy papaya salsa by combining it with red onion, coriander, lime juice and red chilli and serve it with grilled salmon or fresh prawns
Creative Curries: Mashed papaya works perfectly to add flavour and depth to any curry. Try this family favourite papaya and chicken curry recipe
Power Pepper: Don’t toss the papaya seeds. Dry them, then grind them and use in place of pepper
BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Keep your body strong with a delicious dose of papaya. A single serve provides double your daily vitamin C requirements, helping keep your immune system in tip top shape!
GET YOUR GLOW ON
Papaya contains a unique bundle of antioxidants which are essential for healthy glowing skin. The tasty tropical fruit is also 90% water, to keep your skin hydrated and fresh!
MUMS N BUBS
Expecting? Papaya is high in both folate and vitamin A, which are essential for the healthy development of babies in early pregnancy. The soft texture is also ideal for babies first food.
GOOD GUT HEALTH
Papaya contains both soluble and insoluble fibres – which are both essential for a healthy and happy gut.
FEEL FULLER FOR LONGER
Papaya is the perfect go-to snack. Not only is it low in kilojules, it’s also high in fibre and has a moderate GI, which helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.