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Raw papaya has a very mild, almost bland, taste, but it is the medium through which robust flavor ingredients take body and form. It picks up the hot, sour, sweet and salty flavors, giving them a unique crisp and chewy texture unlike that of any other vegetable. When made into salad, you wouldn't know that it was mild and timid; you remember it only as bold and spicy.
Chopped raw papaya
Wash and peel the raw papaya, remove the top and bottom and cut into half vertically. Remove the seeds and lightly scrape out the inner part. Now cut into thick vertical strips and then chop it as per desired size.
Grated raw papaya
To grated raw papaya, first remove the top and bottom layer of the papaya. Then remove a very thin layer of the green coloured skin. Using a thick or thin grater, grate the papaya. Ensure that the inner most part of the papaya is not used, as they may be bitter. The grated papaya is generally used to make salads, koftas etc.
Raw papaya juliennes
Wash and peel the raw papaya, remove the top and bottom and cut into half vertically. Remove the seeds and lightly scrape out the inner part.
Using a sharp knife make long vertical cuts to get about 1/8-inch thick slices. Cut these slices into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on the size of the papaya and then cut the pieces into thin strips like match sticks. These juliennes are used in salads.
How to Select
Unripe papayas are readily available in various sizes and shapes during the summer at markets. Select one that is very firm with shiny green peel suggesting that it is as freshly picked as possible. Any very firm unripe raw papaya can be used for the recipe. Select the firmest one you can find. Even green fruits will eventually ripen and turn soft if allowed to sit around for some time.
" Raw papaya salad is very popular. There are many ways to make raw papaya salads, with varying degrees of hotness, sourness and sweetness.
" The salads are made by bruising julienned raw papaya with garlic and very hot peppers in a large clay mortar with a wooden pestle, then seasoning with lime juice and other flavorings.
" The raw salad is an tasty accompaniment to Fafda Ghatia - loved by Gujju's
How to Store
Raw papayas should be stored in the refrigerator and can be consumed within a week.
For more shelf life, keep it in covered in a plastic bag, and use as desired.
" Raw Papaya is one of nature's most abundant sources of plant enzymes and other important phytonutrients.
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