Papaya is the fourth entry in our ‘superfruits‘ series – which are rich in antioxidants. These luscious, exotic and delicious fruits are a great substitute for watermelon – I personally prefer the sweet taste of ripe papayas than the watery texture of watermelon.
Nutrition-wise, papayas are a great source of vitamins A, E, C and K. They are also rich in potassium, folate and dietary fibers. Papaya is also rich in lycopene which helps prevent the risks of certain cancers.
In addition, papaya helps protect against heart disease, it promotes digestive health, it offers immune support and has anti-inflammatory effects. The seemingly endless health benefits of papaya also include protection against rheumatoid arthritis as well as the promotion of lung health.
Papayas are best served with a fruit salsa – but my favorite is to eat them just like a cantaloupe melon, squeezed with a bit of lemon juice on top to provide that extra zing.