Is papaya really good for the skin?

The absolute hammer: 100 grams of papaya cover 150 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C and contain more of the immune system booster than oranges and lemons, which come to 50 or 53 milligrams of vitamin C with 100 grams of fruit.

Did you know that the Vetox diet guarantees the optimal supply of micro and macronutrients?

Tip:If you want to consume papain to boost your metabolism and boost your immune system, we at Vetox recommend that you eat five papaya kernels three times a day as long as you are not pregnant. You can eat fresh papaya every day if you like it, half or even whole fruit as a shake or pure to snack on is healthy, refreshing and delicious.

This is how you recognize a delicious papaya

You can recognize a ripe papaya by the fact that the actually green skin turns yellowish-orange. The consistency of a ripe papaya is like butter. From the outside, you can tell that it is not only ripe by the discoloration of the skin, but also by the fact that the fruit gives way slightly when pressed. Often papayas are sold in a small styrofoam net. The reason for this is that they are very sensitive to pressure. Ripe papayas with yellow, orange or even salmon red flesh are suitable as a delicious fruit. Only then does the papaya taste really good.

Green papayas are unripe, have a tart taste and are used in some predominantly Asian recipes.

Tip: To make the unripe papaya tasty, you can process it in a similar way to zucchini or kohlrabi. Unripe papayas contain most of the papain.

The papaya kernels are dark, quite large and look like peppercorns. They can be consumed but actually have a slightly peppery taste.

Extra tip: You can season sweet and savory dishes with papaya seeds. They can even be cooked at the same time! Alternatively, you can grind them like peppercorns and benefit from their slight spiciness.

5 tips for consuming papaya

  1. You can eat the exotic papaya both cooked and raw. To do this, you have to cut it lengthways, remove the seeds and only then can you spoon out the pulp.
  2. The best thing to do is to drip a little lemon juice on the pulp of the papaya before you eat it. This not only increases your vitamin intake, but also ensures that the taste of the pulp is even more effective.
  3. Danger!Heating destroys the enzyme papain. Therefore, it is best to eat papaya raw.
  4. The healthy papaya kernels can also be bought already loosened, dried and packaged in health food stores or health food stores. As a digestive aid, they can be chewed before meals and are as beneficial to health as the seeds from fresh papaya. However, they are quite expensive (around 30 euros per kilogram), which is why you can simply release them yourself, dry them and pack them airtight.
  5. Papayas are highly perishable. They keep in the refrigerator for about three to four days. If you want the papaya longer, puree it, add some lemon juice and freeze it.

Danger: Papayas produce the substance ethylene, a ripening gas. This gas makes other fruit spoil faster. So don't store papayas right next to ripe fruit, as this can spoil it more quickly.

There are countless recipes with papaya. It tastes good pure as fruit, in muesli, in salads, salsas, smoothies, with grilled dishes and much more. Have a look in our recipe database!

Recipe: Vietnamese papaya salad with tofu and cucumber

This delicious salad has an Asian touch and is super refreshing. It is the perfect summer recipe and makes the sweet papaya a star on the plate in this hearty setting.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 ripe papaya (500g)
  • 200 g natural tofu
  • Half a cucumber
  • 50 g peanuts
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small slice of ginger
  • Half a chilli pepper
  • Half a bunch of coriander
  • A few mint leaves for garnish

Preparation:Peel the papaya, then dice the tofu, cucumber, and papaya. Roast the peanuts in a pan. Finely chop the ginger, garlic and chili pepper and then add everything together with the soy sauce, lime juice and sugar. Let all the ingredients simmer a little, mix in the coriander and peanuts and garnish with mint at the end. Your summery, Vietnamese papaya salad is ready.

Required utensils: Cutting board, knife, bowl, pan.

The papaya in German supermarkets comes from these countries

Papayas originally come from Central America. They grow on trees five to ten meters high (papaya tree) that are quite narrow and have characteristic leaves. The papaya is nicknamed "tree melon" because it looks similar to melons.

Papayas that you buy in German supermarkets are very likely to come from:

  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Thailand
  • Ghana

Papayas: healthy & tasty but ecologically problematic

There are papayas that can weigh up to five kilograms. However, these rarely make it to export to Germany and, if at all, usually come as flight papaya in our local supermarkets. The larger the fruit, the more sensitive and difficult to transport it is. Large papayas are very ripe when harvested and need to be consumed quickly. Since the journey by container ship across the Atlantic takes too long, they are transported in airplanes, which is why the CO2 emissions of these flying papayas are alarmingly high.

Papayas that weigh around 500 grams are more commonly available. They are less sensitive and can be transported by ship along with other tropical fruits. Papayas can be harvested all year round in the growing countries, which is why papayas are generally available all year round in Germany. However, the fruits hardly ripen, which is why many papayas that are sold in Germany do not have the optimal degree of ripeness.

Even if the CO2 balance of these papayas is still significantly higher than that of local fruits, the emissions are lower when transported by ship than by plane. A flying papaya consumes 170 times more CO2 than when it comes by ship. Around 4 to 5 kilograms of CO2 are emitted when one kilogram of aviation papaya is transported. With papayas it is easy to see whether a fruit has come by plane, as they are clearly labeled as "flight papaya" in the store. These flight papayas are also significantly more expensive than the "normal" papayas that were transported by ship, with up to 15 euros per kilo.

Tip:Spain has embraced papaya production in recent years and the fruits from Europe could actually be a more environmentally friendly alternative to papayas from overseas. They are harvested from November to April after a hot summer. The product is still not regional as a result.

Regional alternatives: Instead of papaya, you can also eat wonderful apples or blueberries. They grow in Germany or Europe and also provide you with many valuable nutrients. You can also get vitamin A through the consumption of kale, vitamin B1 is particularly contained in legumes and vitamin B2 can also be found in broccoli or in kale.

Conclusion

Papayas make an important contribution to a healthy diet, which we are promoting with VEETOX. The contained enzyme papain has an anti-inflammatory effect and has a positive effect on intestinal health. In addition, papayas contain many valuable minerals and vitamins, which provide your body with numerous nutrients and support the immune system.

Ripe papayas taste best, even if they don't contain as much papain as unripe papayas. The papaya seeds have the highest proportion of this healthy enzyme, they can even be bought individually in health food stores as a dietary supplement - but you can also easily dissolve and dry them yourself. You are doing something good for your health with protein-rich, low-calorie and delicious papaya - but less for the environment.

The ecological footprint of papaya is large, as the exotic fruit grows predominantly in the tropics and comes to Germany by ship or plane. Papain is actually only contained in papaya, so there is no ecological alternative for this substance. You can eat five papaya kernels three times a day to benefit from the healthy nutrients. You can also eat the pulp daily if you like the exotic fruit. However, you can also consume all nutrients except for papain from regional products, such as wild herbs, kale and legumes. Nevertheless - as part of a vegetarian, vegan or VETOX diet, papaya is very healthy and complements many delicious recipes. However, try to use products from Spain and at least avoid flying papayas, because they are not only very expensive, but also extremely harmful to the environment.