Papaya juice, one of the many succulent pleasures of Haiti. While many other countries have several different versions, this one is as simple as it is sweet and savory.
Papaya is considered a large berry that has a cylindrical shape. It is normally green until ripped where it can range from an orangy amber hue to bright orange.
In order to determine if it is ready to savor, one can simply touch to determine the softness. You want the fruit to be soft but not overly as it can be mushy and messy.
The green papaya can be eaten in salads, such as in papaya salad if it is soft and tender and not hard. But if it is bright orange, it is ready to savor.
Once it is cut open, papaya has an abundance of seeds inside. Just remove the seeds and you can enjoy it as it is or prepare in various dishes. It is one versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in salads to a full entrée.
Papaya does have many health benefits. Growing up in Haiti, I remembered my parents giving my diabetic grandmother this fruit. Thought it is sweet, it is actually low in sugar content. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber.
Making This Succulent Juice
For this recipe, I would recommend getting the green papaya with an orangy amber hue for optimum flavor and softness to make this papaya juice. In Haiti it is made with evaporated milk, though it could also be considered a smoothy due to the consistency, but in the islands, we call them juices.
For this recipe, we are making it with almond milk for a healthier version. Depending on how sweet the fruit itself and since we are edging on the healthier side, maple syrup was added as a sweetener rather than sugar.
Though this process is optional, the maple sirup does compliment the fruity flavor and earthy flavors of the papaya and the almond milk, respectively.
Unsweetened almond vanilla milk will add an abundance of flavor to this already tasty fruit. Not to mentioned it is a healthier option than milk or evaporated milk.
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Ripe Papaya Juice
- ½ Papaya Peel, halve, seed, and cube one half of the papaya. Cut the cubes into ¾ – inch cubes.
- 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk Unsweetened
- Pinch Of Salt Or ¼ Tsp.
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice Fresh
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup Maple Syrup
- Crushed Ice Optional
- Peel, halve, seed, and cube one half of the papaya. Cut the cubes into ¾ – inch cubes. Then add it to the blender.
- Then add the almond milk, salt, maple sirup, lemon juice, and vanila extract. You may add milk to thicken it; but this is completely optional. Blend to a smooth consistency.
- Pour in glass, serve and enjoy.
This juice or smoothie was so delicious! I will make it over and over again. Healthy and delicious, can’t beat that!
Thank you very much!
Just out of this world delicious!!
thank you so much, Natalie!
I’ve never had papaya juice. It sounds so refreshing and delicious. Can’t wait to give this a try.
Never tried papaya juice but this looks refreshing and tasty! Can’t wait to try!
So good and even better after I added a touch of prosecco!
Thank you, Alisa.
Loved this papaya shake. I used to have a very similar one as a kid in Central America, and it brought me so many recipes.
So delicious! I loved the natural sweetness of the fruit along with the maple syrup. Perfect for summer! 🙂
This is like a glorious mango lassi – only with papaya! I cannot wait to give this recipe a try as I LOVE papaya!
Definitely the juice I will be making over and over again! I love papaya and have been experimenting with it for quite some time now. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try!