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Papaya for Breakfast

Updated on June 30, 2011

Fresh Fruit

Fruits are not only good for your diet and health but they are also tasty and easy to serve. One of the benefits of modern transportation is the ease with which fresh produce can be transported from farm to store shelves thereby allowing people the opportunity to consume fresh fruit regardless of where they live.

Given the fact that many fruits require specific climates and seasons, this ability to transport fruits quickly results in a greater variety of fruits available to people regardless of their geographic location or season.

Thus, tropical fruits are available in stores in temperate and cold climates as well as farmers markets in the tropics and seasonal fruits like apples and grapes can be imported and made available the Northern Hemisphere during the winter months there and vice versa for the Southern Hemisphere.

Tropical Fruits are usually readily available in grocery stores
Tropical Fruits are usually readily available in grocery stores
Mexican Papaya on sale
Mexican Papaya on sale
My wife selects a ripe papaya
My wife selects a ripe papaya

Papaya is a Tropical Fruit

Fresh fruits are also easy to prepare and eat. For many types of fruit it is often simply a matter of picking them and eating them or bringing them home from the store and eating them. Sometimes a little preparation is necessary with some fruits like watermelons which are easier to eat when cut and sliced. Others, like mangoes, can be picked up and eaten but are less messy when pealed and cut up.

Because of their thick skin, papays are another fruit that are best cut and sliced before eating.
Papays are a tropical fruit which originated in Mexico but are now grown and harvested in many parts of the tropics.

As a child, I heard my Father describe eating papays while in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II and also by my Grandmother who spent her winters in Florida where they were also grown. However, it wasn't until I was an adult and traveled to Mexico and Central America myself that I had the opportunity to try them myself.
Of course, once I moved to Tucson papayas could easily be found on store shelves. Not that they are easily grown here but, being close to Mexico and with a large Mexican population living here, there is strong demand for them and stores regularly stock them.

Serving and Eating Papaya

The fruit of the papaya is soft but firm, similar to the fruit of a cantaloupe but a little softer. They have a mild taste and can be consumed alone.

My first experience eating papaya was while staying with friends in their home in Monterrey, Mexico. The first breakfast I was served in their home included papaya cut up on a plate to which one of them instructed me to pour honey over the papaya before eating.

Eathing papaya with honey was a good way to eat them although I later discovered that they were good alone as well. Another way that I have come to enjoy papaya for breakfast is to mix yogurt with the papaya which is also good and has the added benefit of fewer calories.

While papaya are good to eat any time, I have found them to be one of the many fruits that taste good, are healthy and can be prepared quickly and easily all of which makes them an ideal breakfast fruit.

Preparing and Serving Papaya

Papaya with bananas in basket on our kitchen counter
Papaya with bananas in basket on our kitchen counter
Ready for slicing
Ready for slicing
Slicing the Papaya
Slicing the Papaya
Sliced Papaya
Sliced Papaya
This one is unusual in that it has only a few seeds - The center is usually full of small black seeds.
This one is unusual in that it has only a few seeds - The center is usually full of small black seeds.
Sliced Papaya
Sliced Papaya
Can serve sliced, like a melon, without any additions
Can serve sliced, like a melon, without any additions
Cut up in cubes and served with honey is another way to serve papaya
Cut up in cubes and served with honey is another way to serve papaya
Papaya cut up in cubes and served in a bowl with yogurt is also very good.
Papaya cut up in cubes and served in a bowl with yogurt is also very good.
Papaya smothered in yogurt
Papaya smothered in yogurt
Slice of papaya with pancakes, coffee and juice on a tray to serve to my wife for breakfast in bed.
Slice of papaya with pancakes, coffee and juice on a tray to serve to my wife for breakfast in bed.
Breakfast in bed for my wife
Breakfast in bed for my wife

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    • lemonkerdz profile image

      lemonkerdz 

      5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      i used to hate papaya, but since i found out how great and healthy they are i started eating them with lemon squeezed on it. we should all eat papaya....thanks for the hub.

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      Chuck Nugent 

      6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      jenniferg78 - thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed this Hub. While papaya is good, especially with honey or yogurt, you might want to try mangos, another tropical fruit, first as, while messier, they are sweeter and juicier than papaya.

    • jenniferg78 profile image

      jenniferg78 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Great post thanks. I certainly don't eat enough fruit! Looking forward to trying some of these suggestions.

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      mathira 

      6 years ago from chennai

      Papaya has always been my favorite fruit and a good article about it.

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      ali gill 

      7 years ago

      dont you eat the seeds you lightweight.

      they're massively beneficial and just take some getting used to before being no problem to eat - need to train the tastebuds first 3 or 4 times.

      i eat papaya with coconut for breakfast

    • Brinafr3sh profile image

      Brinafr3sh 

      7 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Nice article, I never ate papayas but I will be buying one soon.I believe most individuals should try a new food at least every month. (vote up)thanks

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      CollB 

      7 years ago

      Superb hub. I've eaten papaya once before but now that I've seen these suggestions, I might try them. Unfortunately, those who have diabetes seem to not be able to eat them much!

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      lex123 

      7 years ago

      I haven't tried papaya for breakfast. But we often use it just as a fruit, or mixed with other fruits. We also make jam with papaya. Even raw papaya is used for preparing delicious dishes.

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      richtwf 

      8 years ago

      Enjoyable article. Papaya is great for our digestive system.

      I didn't use to like tropical fruits but now I can't get enough of them, especially papaya and mango. Papaya milk shake is absolutely divine, and if you've never tried it then I thoroughly recommend it!

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      Sarah 

      8 years ago from Indiana

      great pictures! I have wanted to try to buy papaya, but did not know how to tell if it is ripe!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      papaya is kind of fruit that have a lot of benefit for our healthy.for example for our eyes.thanks for posting this article

    • gr8archer45 profile image

      gr8archer45 

      9 years ago from Pakistan

      Excellent info & equally nice links! Chuck u really are a pro!

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Thanks everyone for visiting and for commenting.

      And, Yes G-Ma Johnson, all of the pictures above were taken by me as are most of the pictures that I use in my Hubs.

    • Dottie1 profile image

      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      I have never tried papaya but now you've got me wanting some!

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      ocbill 

      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Yes, mangos and papayas are some of my favorites long with kiwi, the king of vitsamin c

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Looks good...and you took the pics?  great job could almost reach out and grab a piece...I have the same breakfast serving tray....hummm brkfst in bed..sure I'd love it...but seriously I really haven't tried papaya and think I shall...Thanks...G-Ma :O) Hugs

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      KT pdx - that is funny, although your cousing was right as papaya does look somewhat like squash.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • KT pdx profile image

      KT pdx 

      9 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

      I first had papaya for breakfast when on vacation in Hawaii. It was excellent, and became a staple in my family even though we live in the northwestern U.S.

      One funny story: when my younger cousin (7 or 8 at the time) saw the papaya being sliced, she said, "Squash...for BREAKFAST???" We all still have a good laugh at that, even her.

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      Capri Diem 

      9 years ago

      great information!!!

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