Friday, April 24, 2009

Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe

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.

Papaya is a tropical fruit crop in Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Papaya is a tropical fruit crop in Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. It is grown widely both as a commercial crop and in small gardens where it is an important source of nutrition and income. Papayas are large oblong shaped tropical fruits with thin skin that are golden yellow when they are ripe and ready to eat. The fruit will be slightly soft to the touch and ripe papayas can be yellow, orange, pink or red, depending on the variety. 

Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe

African Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe
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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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Ingredients: 
1/2 cup dried papaya seeds 
3 cups water 
lemon and sugar optional

Directions:
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.

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