Updated: Apr 21, 2019
"The papaya tree is often skinny and frail, yet each holds a large crop of one of the heaviest fruits there is. This will and determination to overcome physics and balance no matter what is almost supernatural. It teaches us that we can over come our seeming weaknesses- when we are working in service of a noble cause. It's not what we look like on the outside that counts for anything; the true self that's inside each of us determines what we can really accomplish.
Hidden inside each papaya are medicinal truths. When we eat them, our bodies immediately identify these elements and put them to use, redesigning us physically so that we can heal and become our strongest selves. Papaya trees and their fruit want us to understand that there are no limitations to healing, growth and becoming." From the book Life Changing Foods by Anthony William.
I fell in love with papaya on my recent trip to Cuba. In each of the three different places I stayed breakfast would begin with a huge spread of fruit including a large pitcher of papaya juice. I noticed that my digestion was really great even though I was eating dairy and gluten and drinking coffee and alcohol. It wasn't until I came home and was reading the book quoted above that I realized how very good for you papaya is.
If you are having any type of stomach or intestinal disorder, then papayas can help you. Papaya contain powerful digestive enzymes and amino acids that reduce inflammation, repel viruses, support the liver and pancreas, helps digestion, relieves constipation and can rid the gut of unfriendly bacteria and parasites. It also has vitamins, minerals and caratenoids that help reduce wrinkles and make your skin glow. It really is a miracle fruit! You can even use the skins to rub on your face for a natural exfoliant.
Anthony William goes on to say that papaya can even lift you out of grouchiness, crabbiness and impatience. "Papaya breathes light into everyone who consumes it, casting out negativity and darkness, purging old judgment, resentment, and stored-up frustration." Maybe all this has something to do with why I enjoy it so much, and can't seem to get enough. :)
How to Cut a Papaya
Simply cut down the middle to create two halves. Scoop out the seeds. Cut away the skin. Cut into chunks or put in the blender. You can also freeze the cut up chunks and then blend for a frozen treat.