Fresh Papaya, Hawaiian Style

21 Jul

Papaya is a delicious fruit and I had used it to mix in with smoothies before, but did not truly appreciate the wonderful taste of the papaya itself until we tried it the way they serve it in Hawaii.  Now is the time to have papaya because they are in season and are just beautiful.  You want to select one that is nice and ripe and you can tell because the outside skin will have a lot of yellow on it.  If it’s all green, it’s not ripe yet.  Cut the papaya in half, lengthwise, and remove all the seeds.  Wash and slice it.  While you’re preparing the fruit toast some coconut flakes, either fresh or from the package is fine.  For two servings toast about a cup.  I put the coconut in a metal pan and broil it for a couple of minutes until it’s partially brown.  Place the coconut flakes on the plate as a bed then place the sliced papaya on the coconut.  The secret ingredient is the lime!  Cut a lime into quarters and squeeze the juice of half a lime onto each plate over the cut papaya.  The lime mixes with the papaya and the sweet coconut and it is just wonderful!  It’s a great summer breakfast and a pretty presentation if you have company over in the summer and want to serve something a little different with your breakfast!

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