26 August 2010

Golden Local Fruits

How amazing have the local bio-dynamic paw paw and papaya’s been that have been available on the extra’s table the past couple of weeks! We bought both a paw paw and papaya the week of Monday 16 August and have had them both sitting on our bench ripening over the past week. We are still waiting for our papaya to ripen up, but our paw paw was definitely ready to be sliced up and enjoyed. You will notice from the two picture links given that the papaya is the fruit, which is more of an elongated shape, where as the paw paw is the more oval looking fruit. The two fruits are often confused, and if you google the difference between the two fruits, you will even find some information telling you there is no difference, it is two different names for the same fruit! But here is a link to some good short info that explains the difference between papaya and paw paw. Both fruits are packed with lots of essential Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes as well as being highly regarded for their ease of being digested and for having a positive effect on the digestive system. There is more in-depth information on the health benefits of both papaya and paw paw with these individual links.

We spread some fresh paw paw slices over our breakfast this morning of chia pudding and sprinkled some of our raw trail mix over for a bit of morning crunch! A delicious and very nutritious rawsome breakfast.

~ Quick and Dirty Chia pudding for breakfast – recipe from ‘Bitt of Raw’ ~


• 1 tablespoon nut butter (we used this amazing choc hazelnut spread from KR, alternatively you can just put a handful of nuts and 1T of raw cocao powder in the blender with the banana and water, instead of using a nut-butter.)
• 1/2 banana (or more… we use about 2 bananas to 2C water with 2T of nut-butter and 1C chia seeds generally)
• 1/4 cup chia seeds, unsoaked
• dash cinnamon
• sliced paw paw, fresh berries and/or raisins (you can use frozen berries that have defrosted at room temp over night – the juice from the berries adds extra yumminess to the pudding!)
• you can also use raw honey and shredded coconut as toppings,
but we used our raw trail mix*!

• Blend nut butter with 1 cup water and 1/2 banana. This makes a quick nutnanna milk.
• Put chia seeds into a bowl then add the liquid from step 1.
• Add cinnamon.
•  Stir well.
•  Put in some raisins and berries now or at the end.
•  Allow to soak for 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge. (we did ours overnight so breakfast was ready to go when we woke!)
•  Top with freshly sliced fruit of choice and Enjoy a rawsome start to your day!

* homemade raw trail mix; I put together a trail mix to sprinkle over dishes as we need for some superfood goodness. Here’s what I combine in our trail mix in proportions that just look right as I mix it all up; sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, coconut shreds, goji berries, slivered almonds, cacao nibs

Once the papaya ripens and we enjoy that, we will be saving the seeds to make the papaya pepper as suggested by Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions - “The papaya seed is rich in enzymes and can be used in place of pepper in any recipe.”  

~ Papaya Pepper (NT p157) ~

• Seeds from 1 papaya

• Place seeds with adhering pulp in warm water
and work with hands to remove the pulp.
• Let stand about 10 minutes.
The pulp will rise to the surface where it can be skimmed off.
• Let seeds soak, covered about 7 hours.
• Rinse seeds in a strainer and spread in a stainless steel baking pan.
• Bake at 65ºC overnight or until completely dry. Alternatively you can spread on a teflex tray and place in the dehydrator on the appropriate setting until dry.
• To use grind in a pepper mill.

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