How to Ferment Papaya
DEAR AUNT BEAN:
I HAVE A PAPAYA GROWING OUT OF MY FLAT BUT ALL I GET IS SMALL, SEEDLESS FRUITS THE IDEA OF FERMENTING GREEN PAPAYA MAKES SENSE TO ME. CAN YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS FOR DOING IT PLEASE ?
You can ferment green papaya. I have read that those who make fermented papaya usually use the unripe greener ones. I personally prefer ripe.
!> Wash the papaya with soapy water (if bought in a store to get germs off skin before cutting it) Rinse well and dry
2. Peel the papaya, Cut in rings and seed the papaya (saving the seeds…they are medicinal)
3. put the papaya in a food processor ( after cutting up) and blend to smooth
4. Pour blended papaya into a glass container and add turmeric and cinnamon *I use a teaspoon of each for a large papaya
5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap ..make sure to smooth the top to exclude any air bubbles. It must not be exposed to air!
6. I put a second layer of plastic wrap on top of this to block air getting in as it ferments. Plastic will puff up and will loosen from the sides of bowl and air will contaminate.
7. Let sit room temperature for 5 to 7 days. An unripe or very firm papaya will take longer to ferment than a very ripe one. I cover it with a towel to exclude light also.
When you see puffing of plastic and see bubbles in the papaya or any sign of mold growing. Stop the ferment. If it is slimmy…throw it out. Bacteria has infiltrated.
Clean of any mold (I use a spoon to scoop off any and throw it away. If under the top layer is a good color…you have done good.
Mix salt in this to taste and refrigerate to slow more fermentation and use about 1 or 2 Tablespoons a day to help PD symptoms.
I go one step farther and mix ground flax seed into my fermented papaya and then dehydrate it. *Place parchment paper in you dehydrator and drop cookie size blobs onto parchment and dry on a fruit temperature til completely dry. Then you can place these in Ziplock freezer bags and place in freezer to keep well. I also take these papaya cookies and grind them into powder and put a teaspoon on my morning supplements. This does very well for me. Good luck with your papayas .