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Fresh papaya and passionfruit (lilikoi)

This fresh papaya and passionfruit recipe is the simple marriage of fresh papaya and lilikoi flesh. Papaya’s latin name is Carica papaya and it is from the family Caricaceae. It is one of the fastest growing fruit trees in Hawaii and also one of the greatest agricultural products to be exported from the island chain. In Australia it is known as Paw Paw. It is native to southern Mexico and Central America, but is now grown in subtropical and tropical locations all over the world.

If you have never had a ripe papaya it tastes a faintly like a mix of melon, bananas, pineapple. It has a flesh that is similar to a soft melon. In Hawaii, papaya is so abundant that almost everyone has a few papaya trees even on smaller plots of land. Another great thing about papayas is that they grow year round. Likewise, they are inexpensive and abundant in stores. Try to look for non-GMO varieties, some of which include: Mexican Red , Caribbean Red, Maradol, Royal Star, Singapore Pink, and Higgins.

 

Caution: The more unripe a papaya is, the more latex it contains, which may aggregate people with latex allergies.

Passionfruit is called Lilikoi in Hawaiian

Equally common in Hawaii is passionfruit or lilikoi vines. These vines require little maintenance after planting as long as they have something to climb. Comparable to papayas, passionfruit vines have a long fruiting season. Here on the Hamakua coast of Big Island our vines mostly fruit from late Summer to early Winter. The ripe fruits drop to the ground from the vines that can climb the tops of trees, fences, buildings etc.

papaya and passionfruitIn Hawaii, papaya is a common accompaniment with breakfast. It is usually garnished with a wedge of lime which is squeezed on top to liven the flavor. Even if this combination doesn’t convince you to eat papaya regularly, you should definitely give papaya with fresh lilikoi a try.

All you need to do is scoop out the the seeds from a halved a papaya. Then scoop out of the seeds from the halved lilikoi into the papaya flesh and enjoy with a spoon.

 

Resources

  1.  https://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-facts-about-papaya.html
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Black sapote pudding

The Sapote “brothers” are my favorite type of fruit ever. Even though sapotes aren’t in the same families. Black sapotes (Diospyros digyna), are great for pudding-like texture and creaminess. Enjoy this as a healthy raw dessert or for breakfast if you allow your self to indulge in AM chocolate.

Black sapote pudding recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 black sapote
  • 4 bananas
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter

Steps:

Cream together in blender, food processor or with a hand mixer, chill and enjoy!

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Hawaiian guacamole

This recipe is called Hawaiian guacamole because it uses items that grow well in Hawaii. As you notice in the picture below the avocado is 3 times the size of the avocados sold in mainland supermarkets. The cilantro is substituted for culantro, a very similar tasting, but not looking herb. You can use local onions, tomatoes, and a little bit of Hawaiian chili pepper to spice it up!

If you are looking for other ways to use an abundance of avocados check out these recipes:

Quick Salmon and Avocado Salad

Chocolate avocado mousse with banana

Green smoothie love

Recipe for Hawaiian guacamole

Hawaiian guacamole

Yield: 1-2 cups depending on size of your avo.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large buttery avocado (save the seed)
  • ¼ medium maui onion diced
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • ½ lime (squeezed juice hold the seeds 🙂
  • Pinch + of Hawaiian sea salt
  • Black pepper or Hawaiian Chili Pepper
  • Culantro

Steps:

  1. Mix all ingredients well
  2. Store with the seed (to keep the guacamole from oxidizing or from getting brown)
  3. Eat fresh or refrigerate