Lupita: Hello, Granny. What are you doing?
Grandma: I’m cutting a papaya.
Grandma: To eat the fruit, to save the seeds to make a tea that kills the intestinal worms and the shell we are going to use in the wound of your grandfather.
Lupita: Then you’re not going to throw anything?
Grandmother: Of course not. Papaya is very useful and very nutritious. It is very good for digestion. Lupita: I like to eat papaya with chili, lemon and salt.
Grandma: Well, sit there and I’ll give you a little bit.
Lupita: Thank you, Granny!
EYE! Many people are sensitive to papain – you should not use papaya if it causes irritation.
Recipe: Sweet-Spicy Sauce for Seafood
3 ripe mangoes
1 ½ tablespoons ginger
1 ripe papaya
1 ladle vinegar
1 cup pineapple juice unsweetened
¼ cup lemon juice
How to prepare
Peel, remove the bone, and cut the mangoes and papaya into bits easy to bite. Peel, remove the membrane, and cut the orange. Remove the seeds from the jalapenos and chop them. Peel and chop the ginger. Combine all the ingredients in a pot; put it on the fire, until it starts to boil. Lower the heat and cook for about 20 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken.
Papaya fruit benefits for health
According to scientists, papaya has many medical uses. It has papain (the white liquid that appears just below the skin), which is a potent enzyme that helps with digestion. The medical uses of the immature papaya sap are: as an styptic (to stop the flow of blood), as a vermicide (for the treatment of intestinal worms), as an application against sand fleas and as a remedy for freckles, warts, corns, eczema (appearance of small pimples on the skin), ringworm, infected wounds, malignant tumours, haemorrhoids that bleed, and pains associated with burns. Papain is obtained from the still immature fruit by making ¼-inch cuts on the skin of the papaya while it is in the tree. It can be applied to the wounds to remove the infection. For cavities or any infection with pus, apply the inner part of the green papaya peel. Papain is very good for the digestive system and constipation as well. The dried seeds are antibacterial, and can be used in infusion against parasites. Nutrition studies have found that papaya is very high in vitamin A, C and potassium.