Celebrate the World Cup with a deliciously refreshing dessert in honor of one of the leading and favorite teams, Brazil! This Brazilian dessert, Crème de Papaya, is easy to make and a crowd favorite. The main ingredient is a papaya – a fruit we see grown here in Miami, and grows across tropic regions, like Brazil.
All About Papayas
Papayas are considered one of the healthiest fruit in the world. A papaya’s sweet and mild flavor, they also work great as a compliment to many dishes.
Papayas are fat-free and loaded with nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, antioxidants, calcium, and papain, a super enzyme that breaks down protein and helps the digestion. Just one cup of papaya has our daily vitamin C requirement and is therefore a perfect food for adults and kids.
Several studies, including those by Rutgers University and University of Florida, have confirmed that papayas are one of the most nutrient dense fruits in the world, and can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and a variety of other maladies.
How to Choose a Papaya
Whether looking for a small Golden papaya or a large Tainung papaya variety, avoid bruised and very soft fruits that have dark, deep pits. If the papaya has a slight give and has at least two stripes of yellow, it is ready to be consumed. If still green on the outside, leave the fruit ripening on the kitchen counter for a few days or wrap it in paper to speed up ripening. The large Tainung papaya variety is ready to eat when still mostly green on the outside. It is more important that the fruit feels soft to the touch. The small Golden papaya variety is more flavorful when golden yellow on the outside and also soft to the touch.
Crème de Papaya
This Brazilian dessert is an all-time favorite and can be found in most Brazilian restaurants, in the US and elsewhere.
Crème de Papaya Recipe
1 Golden Papaya (or 1/2 large Formosa Papaya)
Vanilla Ice Cream
Crème de Cassis Liquor
Mint Leaf (for decoration)
- Blend together 1 small papaya (or a ½ large papaya) with 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
- In each serving bowl, pour 2 teaspoons of Crème de Cassis liquor.
- Pour the papaya and ice cream mix into the bowl.
- Add a mint leaf as decoration.
- Enjoy the light and refreshing taste of Crème de Papaya.
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