In Mauritius, papaya is very famous as it can be used both raw and ripe, same as banana. As our Island is a tropical one, so the papaya tree does not need any special care and it is alive by the help of the rain and the sun.
I do have one papaya tree in my garden and the fact is that I did not plant it. It had grown on its own and maybe the seeds were thrown by the birds which came in my garden regularly.
Papaya is such a fruit which can be used in so many dishes such as you can make jam, jelly, cupcakes, cakes, mousse, curry, salad, and pickles. Today, I am going to share with you the recipe of Papaya Jam which I have learned from my mum. My mum is not alive today but her recipe still benefits the whole family.
Papaya Jam Recipe
Papaya Jam is very easy to prepare and very quick too. It can be a great substitute if you are not having cheese for breakfast. Well, here in Mauritius we eat it during tea time with either toast or bread and not to forget that you can have it with Cream Crackers too. It makes a great combination when you have sweet, sour and salty at the same time.
Serves: 4 persons
Total Time: 30 mins
250g of ripe Papaya
250g of sugar
Zest of one Orange
Wash and peel the papaya and take out all the seeds found inside it.
Cut them into cubes.
Put them in a saucepan along with the zest of orange and leave to simmer in low heat to reduce the juice.
Add sugar and stir.
Let it cook till the jam is firm.
Now, take out the jam from the stove and let it to cool down.
Finally, pour it in a jar which you can put into the fridge for later use.
Do you know the health benefits of Papaya?
There are so many papaya trees in Mauritius still many people do not know their health benefits. In fact, every fruit has its own importance and papaya is one of them which cannot be taken for granted. In fact, papaya contains proteins, minerals, vitamins and it is very good for proper digestion. It prevents constipation and haemorrhoid. It also helps when you have stomach burning sensation. You just have to eat half of a ripe papaya and all your stomach problems are gone. You feel so light and refreshing.
It is recommended for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers to consume it regularly as it is an excellent tonic and an energy-giving food. The raw papaya is a great help for those who have irregular menstrual flow. It helps the contraction of the muscle fibres of the womb and also diminishes the pain during menstruation.
These health benefits I have learned from my mum as she was always serving us with homemade medicinal cures.
The jars you are seeing in the picture below are made from clear glass. You get a set of 6 jars with gold colour lids. In fact, you can put jam, spices or cookies in them.