Mexican Food – Papaya

When I was younger, I didn’t like the taste of papaya. My Mexican father was enamored with the taste of papaya and I just wanted to spit it out. Things have certainly changed and I’m not sure why or how, but now I love it!

You can make a nice fruit salad with papaya mixed in, a smoothie made with papaya, ginger, lime juice and water or perhaps just cut it up in cubes, add some lime and a little salt and chile and there you go, another nutritious, refreshing light snack.
Did you know that papaya lowers cholesterol, is rich in fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants? It’s also native to Mexico and other parts of South America.

Additionally, it’s great for diabetics, boosts your immune system, helps in weight loss and improves digestion, among so many other properties. Wow, now that’s a power food! 

You can spot papaya trees in many parts of Vallarta. If one is green, you can still pick it, wrap it in a paper towel and wait for it to ripen- it takes just a couple of days. Did you know the seeds are also extremely beneficial? They can help flush the body of nasty parasites that can make there way into your body. This morning I blended seeds, water and a bit of sweetener in a blender and drank it. It has a pungent taste, but it helps your body stay clean of nasty critters.

Here’s an easy delicious papaya smoothie:

1.5 ounces of almond milk or any other kind of non-dairy milk

½ a medium to large papaya

1 small banana

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and there you go! Delicioso!


Remember Banderas Bay grows veggies and fruits abundantly and for the fraction of the price that you would spend in many other parts of the world. Besides your guacamole and chips, this is a Mexican food that can be forgotten, but remember to discover those other whole, delicious plant foods that we are so lucky to you have. Provecho!