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Papaya: a superfood for super hair – Italian Cuisine

Papaya: a superfood for super hair

Used since the time of the Maya as a medicine, papaya is a superfood full of surprises. Here's how to make the most of this exquisite elixir

Lively, succulent, fragrant. Whenever we found ourselves in front of the papaya we thought about summer, the waves and the hot sun. And we did well. Because this fruit, now widespread throughout the world, is actually originally from Mexico and we have news of it since the ancient times of the Maya.

Why eat it

Thanks to the large presence of vitamins and fiber, papaya is ideal for fighting and prevent inflammation and favor the natural intestinal transit. Its pulp is also rich in water and contributes to its correctness hydration, but it acts as a delicate diuretic at the same time, favoring the elimination of toxins.

More beautiful inside

One of the main points in favor of the papaya are its recognized antioxidant properties. So eating it will help us counter cellular aging. Still on the subject of prevention, this fruit is useful against diseases related to the cardiovascular system thanks to the presence of precious substances such as lycopenes. There C vitamin, abundantly present in its pulp, also makes it an excellent tool to increase the natural defenses of our body. There papain which then supplies us with an excellent digestive aid, especially when paired with meat-based dishes.

An extra beauty gear

The properties of the papaya are not limited to favoring a good supply of vitamins and fiber, but act positively on the health of our tissues leading to good visible results on the skin. This will appear brighter and toned and the hair, thanks to the good vitamin supply and the detox effect of the fruit, will grow more healthy and shiny.
To be able to benefit from the numerous properties of superfood, insert it consistently into your diet. 4 small portions to be consumed distributed in the week will be sufficient to notice the first results.

To make the papaya tasting more enjoyable, in the gallery 5 recipes to enjoy it

Recipe Octopus and papaya poke – Italian Cuisine

Recipe Octopus and papaya poke

  • 1 pc octopus
  • 100 g rice for sushi
  • 1 pc carrot
  • 1 pcs of celery stalk
  • 1 pc papaya
  • 1 pcs files
  • 1 pc lemon
  • 1 pc orange
  • half onion
  • star anise
  • fresh dill
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper in grains

For the recipe for octopus and papaya poke, rinse the rice under cold running water. Put it in a saucepan with cold water, light the fire and when it comes to a boil, lower to a minimum and cover with a lid. When the rice has absorbed the water, put it to cool in a bowl.
For the octopus: Wash the octopus well, separate the head from the tentacles. Extract the tooth, cut the head in half and remove the eyes. Steam with carrot, celery, onion, three stars of anise, a few grains of black pepper. After about 40 minutes turn off and let cool. Cut it into small pieces.
To make the dish: Peel and seed a ripe papaya and cut the pulp into cubes. Prepare the citronnette by squeezing the citrus fruits. Add 4 tablespoons of oil and a pinch of salt. Mix the papaya with the octopus and season with half of the citronnette and the dill. Season the rice with the remaining citronnette, place the seafood salad on top and serve immediately.

Tropical Papaya Batido (fruit shake)

A sunlit, vitamin-packed tropical fruit shake made with pink-hued papayas, fresh squeezed oranges and bananas.

Happy Monday! Monday morning are especially difficult the day after daylight savings, don’t you think? This pick-me-up fruit drink is the perfect fix! Vitamin packed, dairy-free, and loaded with vitamins and fiber.

My aunt brought over this beautiful papaya, excited to make this fruit drink for me. If you’ve never tried papaya, it has a soft, buttery, pinkish-orange flesh with a taste similar to cantaloupe, with black seeds in the center which you discard; it’s known for it’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects.

Any restaurant or home you visit in Colombia, where my Mom is from, fresh fruit shakes made with exotic fruits are always on the menu for breakfast or lunch.

Papaya is an excellent fruit because it’s high in Vitamins A and C, folate and potassium. In addition, it is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin E, and vitamin K.  It reminds me of a cantaloupe, only sweeter and softer. Fresh squeezed oranges were added for added vitamins and sweetness along with bananas to make this the perfect start to any morning.

Since this is made with nothing but just fresh fruit, I’m assuming the Weight Watcher Points are 0, correct me if I’m wrong. Enjoy your day!

Tropical Papaya Batido (fruit shake)
Servings: 2 • Size: a little over 1 cup • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watchers Points+: 0
Calories: 205 • Fat: 1 g • Protein: 3 g • Carb: 49 g Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 35.5 g
Sodium: 6 mg


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh papaya, chilled
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (from 1 1/2 navel oranges)
  • squirt of lime (optional)
  • crushed ice (optional)


Squeeze the orange juice and set aside

Place the cut up papaya, banana and fresh orange juice into the blender and blend until smooth. If you wish you can squeeze some fresh lime juice. Serve over ice or keep chilled in the refrigerator.

Makes about 2 1/4 cups.

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