Growing up in Colombia, I was spoiled by all the exotic tropical fruit varieties available around the country. Fruits are a very important part of Colombian cuisine and we eat them every day in a variety of ways.
Papayas are used in Colombia to make fruit salads, smoothies, juice, savory sauces and desserts. My favorite way to eat papaya, which is also one of the simplest, is to drizzle a piece of fresh papaya with lime juice. A fresh and simple treat!
Dulce de Papaya is a traditional and a very popular dessert in Colombian homes. This Fresh Papaya in Syrup recipe was one of my grandmother’s favorite desserts. She loved homemade fresh fruit desserts, dulcesitos caseros, as she called them, and usually served these desserts with a slice of Colombian fresh cheese on the side.
Dulce de Papaya is a wonderful addition to a cheese board, and a delicious topping for fresh warm bread or vanilla ice cream.
- 1 medium papaya
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 cups of sugar
- 3 cups of water
- Peel and slice the papaya. Remove all the seeds.
- Cut the papaya into medium slices and place them in a medium pot with the sugar.
- Add the water and bring to a boil over medium heat, boil for about 10 minutes with the lid on.
- Uncover and simmer for about 30 to 40 or until the syrup thickens. Add the lime juice. Remove from heat and serve with a slice of cheese.