4 green papaya/pawpaw recipes (for your kitchen and your face)

May 19, 2022

4 green papaya/pawpaw recipes (for your kitchen and your face)

 Green pawpaw, or green papaya - a staple in South East Asia but underused here in Australia. It's simply an 'underripe' pawpaw, but plenty of people prefer it this way - crunchy, fresh, with a mild taste that makes it a great vehicle for other flavours.

Pawpaws grow extremely well in our subtropical climate, so eating some while they're still firm and green is a great way to feel like you're getting two different crops/harvests from one tree - and avoid a glut of overripe fruit at the end!

BONUS: most green papaya recipes involve squeezing out excess moisture. The slimy liquid is packed with enzymes (which make it great for digestions) and is actually a great skin exfoliant, so we've included a DIY face mask below. Just don't slap the juice on as is - it's pretty strong and can hurt sensitive skin!

Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

This Thai classic is probably the best-known use for green pawpaws, and for good reason! A great sweet, sour and spicy side for any meal.

Achara: Filipino Papaya Relish

Lots of crunch, a bit of sweetness and the tang of ginger-y brine - you'll want to put this on everything!


Green Papaya Curry

A hearty, gut-loving meal full of green pawpaw, aromatic spices and creamy coconut milk.

Green papaya brightening face mask

Make your own face mask with just three natural ingredients you probably already have at home!


Know an awesome recipe we should add here? Let us know on info@foodconnect.com.au!

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