Papaya contains the enzyme papain, which aids digestion. This deep orange fruit also has high amounts of fiber, Vitamin A, C, folate, and other B vitamins, not to mention numerous minerals. If you’ve never had it, this is a good way to give it a try. We usually pick a firm papaya at the grocery then leave it on the counter a few days until it feels slightly soft. Cut about half of it into chunks for smoothies, and thinly slice the remainder to serve with breakfast or lunch.
When papaya is in season and perfectly ripe it’s sweet and juicy, but out of season or not quite ripe, it can be somewhat bland. Feel free to add a little honey or other sweetener, if needed. If using frozen papaya chunks, substitute 1/2 cup cold water for the ice cubes. Add a small piece of fresh ginger if you have a powerful blender like a Vitamix, and boost it further by including bee pollen, maca powder, or even powdered greens if you don’t mind the color.