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Easy Caribbean Papaya Dessert Recipes

Updated on July 4, 2011

What is papaya?

The papaya fruit, also known as papaw or pawpaw is the fruit that originates from the plant Carica Papaya. It is native to tropical islands and is a fruit that is eaten widely around the globe. Many people do not recognise this fruit's potential but its sweet and refreshing flavour means it can be implemented into many Caribbean Papaya dessert recipes.

Papaya yoghurt boats recipe

This recipe is not only delicious but it is extremely simple and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. To create this fabulous dessert you will need:

  • 1 Fresh papaya
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Some sliced strawberries

Begin by ensuring your papaya is ripe so that it is at it's tastiest. Now, using a knife, cut the papaya in half lengthways. You may want to use a chopping board when doing this.

Now, using a spoon seed the papaya. A papaya will usually have a vast amount of black seeds, so simply scrape them out and bin.

Next, take your strawberries and chop into small pieces. (Ensure to keep some strawberries aside for topping.) Taking your natural yoghurt, add the strawberry pieces and mix well.

Scoop this mixture into the inside of the papaya. This should be the area the seeds were once located. Now, chop some strawberries lengthways, place on top of the yoghurt and sprinkle with some sugar.

Serve immediately to your guests, and there you have it. A simple dessert that all of your family and friends will enjoy.

Tip: You can also use different fruits to top the papaya and mix in with the natural yoghurt.

Papaya couscous dessert

Couscous is often used for many savoury dishes, however when used appropriately it acts as a great companion for papaya in a sweet serving. The ingredients you'll need for this dish are:

  • 2 cups of berry juice (this can be cherry or forest fruit juice)
  • 1 cup of dry couscous
  • 1 ripe papaya
  • Some raisins

Prepare the ripe papaya by using a spoon to scrape the seeds out and a knife to cut the fruit into small chunks. Put this to one side for later.

Now, heat up a pan on a medium-high heat. With your preferred choice of fruit juice, add to the pan and simmer. Ensure to stir occasionally with a spoon.

Once the fruit juice has simmered nicely, keep the heat on medium. Gradually add the couscous and continue simmering until the couscous has an edible texture. (This should be light and fluffy.)

Stir in some raisins with the couscous and spoon the couscous into dessert bowls and finish off by topping with the papaya. You can also dust with some icing sugar if you wish.

This interesting papaya dessert recipe can be served hot or cold, you decide!

Tip: You can add other fruits such as forest fruits and strawberries to the couscous mixture if you prefer a concoction of flavours.

Enjoy creating these wonderful Caribbean papaya desser recipes and be open to experimenting with new ideas to share!


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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      Hi, thanks for your comment. I'm glad you now have some ideas! Papaya is tasty in many recipes, I'll definitely have to add more :)

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire


      I must say I don't use much papaya, mostly I suppose because I don't know what to do, so now thanks to your hub I have some ideas.

      cheers Tony

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      Thank you very much for your kind comments. Papaya is such a great fruit especially for Summer, I just had to add these recipes. :)

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll have to try these out, especially the couscous one. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      rorshak sobchak 6 years ago

      Yum this stuff looks great. Great write up. Keep up the great work.