Sunday, November 15, 2009

my first papaya

I've had papaya before, but I've never purchased a papaya before. They were on sale for $0.94/lb and I just couldn't resist!

My 3.21-lb papaya 
(I couldn't get the picture to rotate for the life of me...sorry)

I peeled off the skin and cut it length-wise into 2. How pretty inside!

Scooped out the seeds and cut into slices. It was perfectly ripe! Almost looks like salmon here, doesn't it?

7 cups of fresh papaya for just over $3.00! Yumm!

Papaya Facts:
- 55 calories per CUP!
- naturally fat-free
- contains 3 grams of fiber per cup
- one cup contains 144% DV of Vitamin C
- named the "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus
- contains papain -- an enzyme used in digesting proteins

Question: What's the last NEW fruit or vegetable you tried at home? 
Are there any you're interested in trying but hesitant to spend the money on without knowing when it's ripe, how it tastes, or how you can cook with it?

 I received several emails asking what my time was for the 4-mile Guinness Challenge. The results are up and my chip time was 45:53...just under 11:30 min/mi splits. Considering the Guinness-drinking and hills...I'm happy with that!

Off to play my 2 hockey games in a bit...hope you're all enjoying your weekend and having better weather than Tulsa!


  1. Congrats on the race! That's a great time, considering the drinks and all. I would have failed.

    I've never tried a papaya, can you believe it? Unless it's in a drink or smoothie of some sort. The last new fruit I tried at home was the persimmon I posted about a while ago. It was nasty, but apparently it wasn't ripe. I'm afraid to try again!

  2. I have never bought a papaya... I made butternut squash fries last week, and I had never bought a butternut squash, but I had eaten butternut squash before many times at restaurants and my friend's house.

    Thanks for the reminder to try new fruits & veggies! :)

  3. I've never cut up a papaya before either. It's beautiful inside!

  4. I love papaya, especially because I don't get to eat them often. When I first tried reminded me of the smell of skunk (not appetizing right?). Well I kept trying them and now they're definitely a hit.

  5. I love papaya but also have never cut one up myself.

    I am cooking an acorn squash as we speak - the first time I have every done that!

  6. ooh yum! I don't think I've ever bought a papaya either actually. Looks tropical :) I just bought some persimmons and made chicken lettuce wraps with them. I actually really like them! I think it's so fun to buy veggies/fruit to try and experiment with.