I just recently discovered the greatness that is the papaya. I have eaten it many times in the past, but I never actually thought to pick one up for myself from the market. From the outside, they aren't a pretty looking fruit, but the inside is an entirely different story. Papayas tell the story of a beautiful sunset; however, you have to be patient to get to that sweet spot.
In other words, papayas really aren't that amazing to eat if they are not ripe. My trick for the papaya (and many fruits) is to wait for the sweet stink. Not a yucky stink, but a sweet strong perfume oozing from its beautiful inside, out. You can't rush it, but it's worth it. Promise.
Now, you could always just chop up your papaya, toss it with some granola and yogurt and call it breakfast, but seriously, you guys, this is so much better. Confused at first, Octavian finally got into his own little papaya bowl and ate a few bites.
You can keep your papaya breakfast bowl as simple or as wild as you want. You just want yogurt, no problem! You want all the toppings AND a cherry on top, do it! Either way, you can't go wrong.
Papaya Breakfast Boats
Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 0 minutes / Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 Boats
1 ripe papaya, cut lengthwise with seeds removed
1 cup yogurt (vanilla or plain are both great options)
1/2 cup granola
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon chopped nuts
Chopped fruit- anything goes :)
Prepare your papaya. Using a large knife, cut your papaya lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Start topping. Yogurt, granola, seeds + nuts, and chopped fruit.
Dig in! Enjoy!