Here’s an easy recipe to make great tasting papaya candy. Here’s what you need:
- fresh yellow-green papaya ( not too young or too ripe)
- 2 tbsp lime diluted in 10 cups of water
- yellow food color
Here’s what you need to do.
1. Choose a semi-ripe papaya.
2. Peel and cut into small cubes for about 3/4″.
3. Soak it in lime solution overnight.
4. Next day, wash the papaya thoroughly
5. Soak for 2 hours in water tinted with yellow food coloring.
6. Put the papaya in a pot, and add colored water until the fruit is completely covered (just enough to cover the top of the fruit).
7. Boil papaya in colored water for about 1 minute (until tender) and drain immediately. Save this water for later!!
8. Wash the papaya and drain again, getting rid of this water.
9. Make a syrup of 1 part sugar to 1 part of previously boiled water that you saved.
10. Bring to the syrup mix to a boil so the sugar is disolved and add papaya.
11. Cook for 10 minutes and let it stand overnight.
12. On the next day, boil again the syrup until it dries up with continuous stirring. It will harden the sugar.
13. Spread it in baking sheet. Dry it under the sun or in oven for a low heat for an hour or until the candy hardens and ceased to be watery.
Some extra notes:
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Papaya is a wonderful fruit and it’s easy to make your own candy using papaya. Fruit is very good for you, but if you’re diabetic you’ll need to make sure to take a close look at the number of carbs you consume.
Also make sure you know your allergies and possible side-effects. Caution should be taken when harvesting, as papaya is known to release a latex fluid when not quite ripe, which can cause irritation and provoke allergic reaction in some people. The papaya fruit, seeds, latex, and leaves also contains carpaine, an anthelmintic alkaloid which could be dangerous in high doses.Excessive consumption of papaya, as of carrots, can cause carotenemia, the yellowing of soles and palms which is otherwise harmless.