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Papaya Pepper

Morsels of Life - Papaya Pepper - Not sure what to do with papaya seeds and usually just throw them away? Why not make some papaya pepper instead?

As I read through Nourishing Traditions, this recipe for Papaya Pepper stuck out to me. Last time, when I vermicomposted some papaya seeds, they really looked like peppercorns, especially after the worms ate away the outer membrane of the seeds. Now, seeing an actual recipe using these seeds as pepper? I just had to give it a try! Secretly, I hoped they wouldn't turn out completely like pepper, but more like grains of paradise. After trying this papaya pepper, I have to report that papaya pepper really doesn't taste like pepper at all. It's got a bit of a toasted, nutty flavor, and none of the spiciness of peppercorns. It's something I would add to some coconut (or tropical) dishes or treats - like creamy coconut popsicles! I can't quite describe how, but those flavors go together well. :)

Have you ever found a recipe to make something you were wondering about, but had no reason to think would work initially?


Morsels of Life - Papaya Pepper - Not sure what to do with papaya seeds and usually just throw them away? Why not make some papaya pepper instead?

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Not sure what to do with papaya seeds and usually just throw them away? Why not make some papaya pepper instead?

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Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
107 grams 3.75 ounces 1 papaya papaya seeds


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Morsels of Life - Papaya Pepper Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Papaya Pepper Step 2 - Place seeds in water, and rub to remove any pulp. The pulp should float, while the seeds will sink. Skim off any pulp. Soak seeds in water overnight. 2. Place seeds in water, and rub to remove any pulp. The pulp should float, while the seeds will sink. Skim off any pulp. Soak seeds in water overnight.
Morsels of Life - Papaya Pepper Step 3 - Strain seeds and place on a tray to dry. I dried the seeds in an oven set at 200F, and it took about 2 hours. Once the seeds are dry, they're ready to use! 3. Strain seeds and place on a tray to dry. I dried the seeds in an oven set at 200F, and it took about 2 hours. Once the seeds are dry, they're ready to use!

Morsels of Life - Papaya Pepper - Not sure what to do with papaya seeds and usually just throw them away? Why not make some papaya pepper instead?

7 comments:

  1. How interesting! They do kind of look like peppercorns, but I am glad the flavor is different. What a fun thing to try!

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  2. I thought it was one of those recipes where it can't hurt to try. I mean, you'd normally throw the papaya seeds out, right? :) We liked the nutty flavor, and it might make a good "kids" pepper!

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  3. I love papaya seeds and usually put them on salads. What a great idea to dry them and use them year round. I wonder if they would grind well in a pepper mill? Great idea! Thank you for sharing at the Recipe Swap.

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  4. They work well in a pepper mill. That's how I used them. :) I hadn't even thought about putting the seeds on a salad, and it sounds like a great way to add some texture!

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  5. This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned and tweeted. You always bring the most amazing creations to our party. Thank you! I hope to see you again, this Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

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  6. I never knew you could do this with the seeds! I will have to share this with my mother-in-law

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  7. I hadn't ever thought of it either. :) Such a great way to use something you'd usually throw away! Let me know if you or your MIL give it a try. :)

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