The black seeds in the center of a papaya are edible and have a peppery taste making a unique African Wedza Papaya Seed Tea recipe.
Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe
African Recipes by African Gourmet
Most people only eat flesh of the papaya, but you can also create tasty teas from the small, black seeds in the cavity of the papaya.
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1/2 cup dried papaya seeds
3 cups water
lemon and sugar optional
Look for richly colored papayas that give slightly to palm pressure. Scoop the seed from the papaya. The seeds are encased in a gelatinous envelope, I find it best to break them and wash the seed thoroughly. Allow the seeds to dry to completely dry about three days on the counter top. Grind seeds using a food processor or coffee grinder ground papaya seeds have the same consistency as finely ground coffee. Serve hot or chilled.