We know foods impact on the body is huge – inside and out. Over the past month we have proven the brilliance of the avocado, discovered why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is referred to as liquid gold; explored natures very own multivitamin – the egg and we’ve found out how to cure-all with chamomile. Christopher Columbus called this week’s wholefood ‘the fruit of the Angels’. Let’s put that statement to the test this week by using papaya as our wholefood for the whole body.
Nourish from within:
Improve digestion with Papain, an enzyme contained in papaya that helps to digest proteins. This enzyme is often extracted from the fruit for use in digestive enzyme supplements.
Fight colon and prostate cancer with the vitamin and mineral profile of papaya, namely: carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; potassium, copper, magnesium and fibre.
Protect against Macular Degeneration with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids found in papaya.
Salad – I became addicted to papaya salad whilst on holiday in Thailand. Traditional recipes contain a lot of sugar and when I arrived home I got to work creating my own, reduced sugar version. Give it a go:
- 75 grams green beans
- 1 large unripe papaya, peeled, seeded and julienned
- 150 grams carrot, julienned
- 2-3 tomatoes, diced
- 2 tbsp good quality fish sauce (check the ingredients to make sure it isn’t full of nasties)
- 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
- 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- Pinch of chilli flakes (or more if you like it spicy)
- 1 tbsp cashew pieces
- Spring onion, finely sliced
Combine the raw, washed green beans, papaya, carrots and tomatoes in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the lime juice, rice malt syrup, crushed garlic, chilli, fish sauce and coriander. Then pour this mixture over the green beans, papaya, carrot and tomatoes and mix well, toss through ½ of the cashews and the spring onion. Use the remaining cashews and spring onion to top the salad and serve.
Dessert – Make tropical fruit kebabs with papaya, pineapple and mango. Simply cube the fruits and slide them on to a wooden kebab stick – delish!
Tip: soak the kebab sticks on water before hand to prevent splinters.
Snack – Most people discard papaya seeds, but they are actually edible. Their flavour is quite peppery and an acquired taste, try it!
Treating the outside:
The enzymes contained in papaya make it the perfect natural exfoliator.
The skin from one green papaya
The easiest of DIY beauty treatments; this miracle of nature treatment can be used on the face and neck for younger looking skin, the back of the hands to correct age spots or anywhere else on the body you need a peel. Simply work the fleshy part of the papaya skin over the area of the body you wish to treat, leave the residue from the flesh on the skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse well and follow with your preferred moisturiser for perfect peeling.