Did you know you can EAT Papaya seeds?

Ripe Papaya should be very yellow on the outside and firm. 

Did you know that you can EAT Papaya seeds?  I didn’t. I love papaya and I eat it almost everyday. The seeds look so delicious to me but I kept throwing them into the garbage until one day I decided to google, ‘Can you eat papaya seeds?’, and sure enough you can.

Not only can you eat papaya seeds but you can plant the seeds and grow a Papaya tree. I was amazed to discover that in a tropical climate a Papaya tree will start producing fruit in 10 months.

The papaya will not survive Montréal’s cold winter but I successfully germinated some seed in a pot on my balcony during our tropical summer months. It was fun to watch them grown until the cold fall winds and the declining sunshine finally killed my wee Papaya trees! Germination can take 6 – 8 weeks and needs very hot sunshine, so be patient!

Papaya growing in a pot on my back gallery

Papaya growing in a pot on my back gallery


1 – Dried papaya seeds are delicious, cheap and good for your health at the same time!

2 – Papaya seeds taste like a cross between mustard and wasabi and are pleasantly hot! They are commonly used to replace black pepper. Papaya seeds make an amazing Papaya salad dressing and they can even be used to tenderize meats.

3 – Papaya seeds can be eaten dried, fresh or frozen for later use. 

Dried Papaya seeds

Dried Papaya seeds

How to dry papaya seeds?

1 - Scoop out the papaya seeds from a ripe papaya.

2 - Rinse thoroughly to remove any of the fruit.

3 - Spreed your papaya seeds on a clean dish and sit in a sunny window to dry. Or, if you have a food dehydrator you can dry the seeds out in the dehydrator. Or, if you live in a cold climate like myself you can put the dish near a heater to dry the seeds faster. If the seeds do not dry fast enough they could go moldy, so watch them closely.

4 - Once the seeds are dried simply crush them in a pepper grinder or use a mortar and pestle.

A Ripened Papaya should be very yellow on the outside.

A Ripened Papaya should be very yellow on the outside.

Why are Papaya seeds good for you?

1 - The seeds are nontoxic.

2 - Papaya seeds contain high levels of oleic (omega - 9) and palmitic acids. These acids are believed to protect the body against cancer. (ref: Odales Organic Life)

3 - Traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines claim that papaya seeds can detoxify and strengthen the liver. (ref: Natural News)

4 - Flavonoids contained in the papaya seed are believed to prevent germs from causing infections and protect the kidneys at the same time.(ref: News Medical)

Papaya Seed Salad dressing

In a blender combine the following ingredients:

- 1 Tbsp of papaya seeds
- 1/4 cup of papaya fruit
- 1/4 cup of onion
- 1/4 cup of fresh coriander
- 1 clove of garlic
- 3 tps of fresh ginger chopped finely
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tps of honey or agave syrup
- dash of cayenne (optional)

Once the above ingredients are blended, slowly add 1/4 cup of olive oil.

The olive oil can be added by hand if your blender does not have a slow speed!

This makes a super thick salad dressing, you could add more oil if you prefer your dressings thinner.

Enjoy it is delicious!

Cautions to be taken.

1 - Papaya seed can be difficult to digest. The body needs to become accustomed to the papaya seed and it is recommended to eat 2 fresh seeds for a week and work your way up to 1 tps but no more. (ref: Wiki How )

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