As a kid I hated the flavor of papaya. My grandmother, and so my mom, and so I have Indonesian roots and of course, in Indonesia papaya is a common fruit. For years I had tried to like it, but I never really enjoyed it. The last couple of years I started appreciating the fruit, not only the flavor, also the enormous power of the papaya. What many people do not know is that the seeds of the papaya are very rich in enzymes and they are used in a lot of natural enzyme supplements for their digestion improving qualities. The seeds are crunchy and have a slightly peppery flavor. Since I have been traveling through North Colombia, I recommended eating papaya seeds to several people, who suffered from food poisoning or any dis-ease in the digestive tract. All of them confirmed feeling better quickly after eating the seeds. That is amazing. There are tons of papaya trees in this area. You can eat the fruit when it is still green, perfect for salad. You can eat the ripe fruit with the seeds and you can make a juice of the papaya leaves.
The ripe fruit contains good amount of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, Folate, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium.
Although eventually I fell in love with the papaya. - big time - I eat the fruit and seeds whenever I can. This recipe is especially for them who are still doubting the yumminess. I don't know how, but if you put lime to the papaya, you create this beautiful balance of flavors and it is completely different than just the papaya alone. They go really well together and create this new flavor.
For this recipe you will need
the amount of one freshly squeezed lime or two, depending on the size of the papaya
Put the lime on the papaya, so that the papaya is drizzled with a good amount of liquid. Then add the sesame seeds and the coconut on top. Serve only cold and fresh.