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The best Papaya Soup you would ever want

papaya soup

A Taste of the Tropics: The Best Papaya Soup You’ll Ever Want. Have you ever heard of papaya soup? This delicious and healthy dish is a staple in many Caribbean cultures. Papaya, the main ingredient, is a tropical fruit that is not only tasty but also packed with nutrients. In this blog post, we’ll explore the origins of papaya soup, its health benefits, and a delicious recipe from Tanzania.

The Origins of Papaya Soup

Papaya is a native fruit of Central and South America. It was introduced to the Caribbean by the Spanish in the 16th century. Papaya soup quickly became a popular dish in the region, as it is a hearty and nutritious meal that is easy to make.

The Health Benefits of Papaya Soup

Papaya soup is not only delicious but also good for you. Papaya is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants. These nutrients can help boost your immune system, protect your cells from damage, and improve your overall health.

Papaya Soup
Papaya Soup

Picking the Perfect Papaya: A Guide to Selection, Storage, and Enjoyment

Papaya, with its sweet and vibrant flesh, is a tropical treat. But navigating its ripeness and varieties at the grocery store can be tricky. Fear not, papaya enthusiasts! This guide will equip you with the knowledge to pick the perfect papaya, store it properly, and explore the delicious ways to consume it.

Selecting a Ripe Papaya:

  • Color Check: Look for a papaya that’s transitioning from green to yellow or orange. A fully yellow or orange papaya is ripe and ready to eat. Avoid completely green papayas, as they’re unripe.
  • The Feel Test: Gently press the papaya’s skin. It should give slightly but not feel mushy. Avoid papayas with soft spots or bruises.
  • Sniff Test: A ripe papaya will have a sweet, fragrant aroma near the stem end. Avoid papayas with no scent or an off-putting odor.

Storing Your Papaya:

  • Ripening: Unripe papayas can ripen at room temperature. Place them on your counter, away from direct sunlight. If you need to speed up the process, put them in a paper bag with an apple.
  • Ripe Papaya: Once ripe, refrigerate your papaya to slow down further ripening. It will last for up to a week. Cut papaya should also be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.
  • Long-Term Storage: To store papaya chunks longer, you can freeze them. Simply wash, peel, seed, and chop the papaya. Flash-freeze the pieces on a baking sheet for a few hours, then transfer them to freezer bags for up to a year.

Varieties of Papayas:

  • Hawaiian (Solo): This is the most common type found in stores. It’s small, round, and has a sweet, orange flesh.
  • Mexican (Red): This elongated papaya has a reddish hue and a slightly less sweet, tangier flavor than the Hawaiian variety.
  • Calabash: This pear-shaped papaya has pale yellow flesh and a milder taste. It’s often used in green papaya salad.
  • Golden: This smaller papaya is known for its intense sweetness and deep orange color.

Consuming Papaya:

Papaya’s versatility shines when it comes to consumption. Here are some ideas:

  • Enjoy it Fresh: Cut papaya in half, scoop out the seeds, and eat it as is. You can add a squeeze of lime or drizzle with honey for extra flavor.
  • Breakfast Delight: Add diced papaya to yogurt, granola, or oatmeal for a tropical twist.
  • Sweet Treat: Blend papaya with other fruits like mango or pineapple for a refreshing smoothie.
  • Savory Side: Green papayas are commonly used in salads with a tangy dressing.
  • Culinary Creations: Papaya can be incorporated into salsas, curries, or even grilled for a unique barbecue side dish.

With these tips, you’re well on your way to selecting, storing, and enjoying this delightful tropical fruit! So next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a papaya and explore its delicious possibilities.

A Delicious Papaya Soup Recipe from Tanzania

This papaya soup recipe is from Tanzania, a beautiful country in East Africa. It is simple and easy to follow, even for beginner cooks.

A Creamy Twist on Papaya Soup: Revised Recipe with Flavorful Tweaks

This recipe takes a classic Caribbean papaya soup and adds a touch of elegance with heavy cream. Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients and some suggestions for an even more flavorful experience:

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large firm, unripe papaya: The unripe papaya provides a base for the soup without being overly sweet.
  • 1 teaspoon butter: Butter adds a touch of richness, but you can substitute olive oil for a lighter option.
  • 3 shallots or a medium white onion, minced: Shallots offer a milder flavor compared to white onion. If using white onion, reduce the quantity to 1/2 medium onion to avoid overpowering the soup.
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock: Vegetable stock creates a vegetarian option, while chicken stock adds a deeper savory note.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper: Adjust to taste for your desired level of seasoning.
  • 1 cup heavy cream: This creates a smooth and creamy texture. You can experiment with using less cream (½ cup) for a lighter soup.
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives: Chives add a delicate oniony flavor as a garnish.

Instructions:

  1. Prep the Papaya: Peel the papaya, removing the seeds and discard them. Cut the flesh into roughly 1-inch cubes.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Heat the butter (or oil) in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the shallots (or onion) and cook until softened and translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Avoid browning.
  3. Simmer the Papaya: Add the cubed papaya and vegetable/chicken stock to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the papaya is tender.
  4. Blend and Cream: Transfer the soup mixture to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Return the blended soup to the pot.
  5. Finishing Touches: Stir in ½ cup of the heavy cream. If serving hot, return the pot to low heat and warm through. If serving cold, chill the soup in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Garnish with the remaining ½ cup of heavy cream and a sprinkle of chopped chives.

Flavor Tweaks:

  • Spicy Kick: For a touch of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce along with the stock.
  • Herbal Boost: Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley can be used instead of chives for a different twist.
  • Tropical Flair: A squeeze of lime juice or a splash of pineapple juice can add a bright, citrusy note.

Additional Notes:

  • Croutons add a textural contrast to the creamy soup. Feel free to add them on top before serving.
  • This recipe is easily doubled to serve a larger crowd.

With these revisions and flavor suggestions, you can create a delicious, versatile papaya soup that’s creamy and flavorful. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Papaya Soup

Papaya Soup, a tasty and delightful soup made with simple and everyday ingredients, fresh papaya, fresh spices and heavy cream.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soups
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 1065 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium to large firm unripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 shallots or a medium white onion minced
  • 2 cups vegetables stock or chicken stock
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Peel the papaya, discard the seeds, and cut it into pieces.
  • In a medium pan, heat the butter and fry the papayas and onion/shallots without browning.
  • Add the stock, season with sale and pepper, and simmer until the papaya is soft.
  • Put the mixture into a blender, and blend until smooth. Add ½ cup of the cream and mix in.
  • If serving cold, let stand in a cool place until cold. Lightly pour on the remainder of the cream, and sprinkle the chopped chives on top before serving.
  • If serving hot, return to the stove and heat on low. When it is hot, add the rest of the cream, and garnish with the chives before serving.

Notes

Flavor Tweaks:
  • Spicy Kick: For a touch of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of Sriracha along with the stock.
  • Herbal Boost: Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley can be used instead of chives for a different twist.
  • Tropical Flair: A squeeze of lime juice or a splash of pineapple juice can add a bright, citrusy note.
Additional Notes:
  • You can also use ½ cup of heavy cream in the soup.
  • Croutons add a textural contrast to the creamy soup. Feel free to add them on top before serving.
  • This recipe is easily doubled to serve a larger crowd.
  • You can substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock. If you do not have chicken stock available, dilute 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon in 1 cup of warm water.
  • If you want to take the soup to the next level, add 1/4 teaspoon of Noubess Hot and Spicy Original Sauce. It has lots of delicious flavors!

Nutrition

Calories: 1065kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 8gFat: 93gSaturated Fat: 58gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 337mgSodium: 2039mgPotassium: 986mgFiber: 8gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 7559IUVitamin C: 193mgCalcium: 245mgIron: 2mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Originally published on January 5, 2015. Revised and updated.

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8 Comments

  1. It is written in the list of ingredients as vegetable stock, and later as chicken stock. I would imagine the only difference would be preference, as you add cream, which would cancel out the vegetarians. I plan on making this tomorrow, as the frost has hit my papaya trees, so I am looking at recipes to save my papayas.

    1. Hello Steven. Thank you for noticing that. We’ve updated the instructions. It is listed as vegetarian soup because we found out that several vegetarians use heavy cream for specific recipes. So it is an option. Having papaya trees sounds terrific! Let us know how the soup turns out. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Wonderful flavor and texture.

    I liked it better with 1/2 the vegetable broth. When I put in a bowl I sprinkle some ground green chili and hobenareo spice and stir it in. It can still not be hot but the flavor is fantastic.
    Unlike some I don’t like very hot food. A small amount of Sriracha is my max heat for reference.

  3. 5 stars
    I loved loved this super simple recipe for a really great tasting soup.
    I have a papaya tree that is 3 years old and is constantly producing ginormous papayas. I never know what to do with them,
    So I tried your soup recipe and although on the sweet side it is truly delicious,

  4. I’ve never thought of making papaya into a soup. I will definitely give this a go as it looks mouthwatering.

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