September is National Papaya Month

papayaIf you thought September was just back-to-school, the beginning of the end of summer, and the start of a new fiscal year, think again. It turns out September is also National Papaya Month, which answers the question that tormented us back in June (during National Mango Month): “When will papayas get their turn?”.

Papayas are another fruit I discovered while living in Burkina Faso, West Africa. My friend, Salimata, introduced them to me. Her method is still my favorite way of eating papayas. She took a sharp knife and split the papaya in half, long-ways.  She scooped out the black seeds inside with a spoon. Incidentally, she disposed of the seeds outside her house and about a year later we had a little papaya tree growing! Finally, Sali cut a lime in half and squeezed the juice onto the papaya’s flesh and then we dug in.  It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart.

There are plenty of other ways to eat papayas: in smoothies, frozen like gelato,  or cubed in a fruit salad. But don’t just take my word – or ideas – for it! Check out what some other mom-chefs are doing to get their families to eat papaya.

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