If you need a tasty dish for a Cinco de Mayo party, look no further than the papaya in your backyard or at the farmers market.
Papayas grow well in Florida and a mature tree can yield many, many pounds of fruit, so it’s common for neighbors and co-workers to share them with the “papaya-less” crowd. Just this week, my new friend Sylvia* gave me one. She literally picked it off her tree and gave it to me — you can’t get any fresher than that!
Fresh Papaya with Lime
- 1 Ripe papaya
- 1-2 Fresh lime(s) (Florida Key limes would be ideal!)
- 1/8 tsp. Chili powder (optional)
- Cut papaya in half and remove seeds (see Notes).
- Using a small paring knife or vegetable peeler, remove the papaya's skin.
- Slice fruit or cut into chunks. Sprinkle generously with fresh lime juice, cover and refrigerate 30-60 minutes before serving. Just before serving, sprinkle lightly with chili powder (optional).