Monday, November 30, 2009

Papaya seed salad dressing

What to do with all those papaya seeds, here's a salad dressing recipe from

Papaya Seed Salad Dressing Recipe


  • 1/4 cup fresh papaya seeds
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 c. yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground, dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup sugarsalt to taste


  • Put mustard, sugar, salt, and vinegar and blend until mixed.
  • Add olive oil and blend.
  • Add papaya seeds and onion and blend.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will keep up to two weeks in the fridge.

"Papaya" not selling hot dogs as expected

The great NYC papaya purge of fast food restaurants with papaya in their name but not on their menu is occurring with Clinton Papaya, Papaya del Barrio, and Papaya Dog closing their doors. Papaya King and others with the "papaya" name still report good sales.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Prostate health and papayas

Excerpts from an article posted 11/23/09 on by Kyle J. Norton

These foods help prevent enlarged prostate, prostate cancer and other forms of cancer and heart diseases:

  • Papayas are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, carotenoids and flavonoids that have cardio protective and anti-cancer effects.
  • Tomatoes
  • Soy beans and legumes
  • Grapefruit
  • Beans
  • Green tea
  • Broccoli
  • Cold water fish

Would you change your diet for good sex?

Excerpts from the 11/23/90 Tucson Sun article by Exercise physiologist Karen Nelson.

Here's inspiration to eat better and another reason to eat papaya.

Actually eating any food that is high in Vitamin C which will increase oxytocin in the blood. Oxytocin has been called the “cuddle” hormone. Papayas are a great source of Vitamin C along with broccoli, oranges, peppers, strawberries, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and kale.

Good sex is all about good hormone levels and good circulation. Foods that help keep the heart healthy are going to be good for circulation in the body and improve your sex life. Any foods that help balance your body’s sex hormones in a healthy and appropriate way will also improve your sex life.

Nine other foods that are not only good for you but can actually improve your sex life are:
  • Oatmeal

  • Strawberries

  • Honey

  • Walnuts

  • Ginger

  • Garlic

  • Fish

  • Chocolate

  • Alcohol

Friday, November 20, 2009

Papaya and starfruit jewelry

Why stop at eating papaya and starfruit, when the fruit makes for eye catching jewelry. Those are real slices of starfruit on the bracelet and those round disks on the earrings are papayas (beets on the larger disks).

Thanks to Nakita for these finds.

Sales office celebrates Thanksgiving

A big thank you to Patty and Angela for spearheading this year's Thanksgiving lunch for the sales office.

Everyone enjoyed the feast. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Green coconut cake

When one of our customers - Stephanie B. from North Carolina- said she uses our Groovy Coconuts for her Green Coconut Cake, I had to have the recipe.

Green Coconut Cake
- yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients required as per mix)
3 Groovy Coconuts
- sugar or splenda (optional)

7 minute icing
- 2 egg whites unbeaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tspn light corn syrup
1 tspn vanilla
- miniature marshmallows (optional)

  1. Bake cake as per box directions using 2 nine inch pans. Set aside to cool.
  2. Drain milk out of the coconuts, take bark off coconut, sweeten milk if needed, set aside.
  3. Grate coconut, sweeten if needed,(can use white sugar or splenda) set aside.
  4. Make the icing (see directions below)
  5. Place first cake layer on a platter, using a fork poke holes in the top, spoon coconut milk over cake, spread icing, cover with grated coconut,
  6. Put the second layer on top, poke holes in it then spoon coconut milk over it and spread more icing then put more grated coconut on it.
  7. Ice the cake's sides and add grated coconut.

Seven minute icing

  1. Combining egg whites, sugar, salt, water and corn syrup in top of double boiler, mixing thoroughly,
  2. Place over rapidly boiling water, beat constantly with egg beater and cook seven minutes of until frosting will stand up in peaks. Remove from heat.
  3. Add vanilla and beat until thick enough to spread.(If doesn't thicken throw in a hand full of miniature marshmallows.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Study finds new phytonutrients in avocados

Excerpts from an article in the 11/10/09 The Packer By Andy Nelson

A new study has found additional disease-fighting chemicals in avocados.
In research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists at the University of California-Los Angeles identified four additional carotenoids in avocados.

Carotenoids are phytonutrients, chemical compounds that are thought to help prevent many chronic diseases.

The UCLA researchers found them in the dark green fresh of the avocado closest to the peel.

Tests for the study, which was funded by the commission, were conducted on fruit grown in California.

5 Super Foods for Women: papaya makes the list

In a Reader's Digest article by Maureen Callahan, Papaya was number one in the super food list.

With papaya packing about twice the vitamin C of an orange. The author suggests adding it to your arsenal against gallbladder disease.

Ten ounces of papaya has 188 mg of vitamin C with a mere 119 calories.

Also making the list were flaxseed, tofu, collard greens, and buffalo meat.

Starfruit stars in kids' cookbook

Cookbooks for kids have come along way from last century's Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook for Children.

In the kids' cookbook,
Friday Night Bites: Kick Off the Weekend with Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family by Karen Berman (Running Press, 2009), you cook dinner and do a craft activity at the same time.

One dinner theme is Dinner on the Moon, in which participants create a centerpiece that shows the phases of the moon, and include "distant star salad" (made with starfruit). Recipes come with a short astronomy lesson.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Apparently 'Papaya' sells hot dogs

I heard about Gray's Papaya which is a fast food restaurant specializing in hot dogs. The chain was founded by a former partner of another fast food chain, Papaya King. I ran into the two's competitor Papaya Dog during a recent visit to NYC. All three chains have been featured in movies and tv shows.
Unfortunately, papayas are not on the menu.

Monday, November 2, 2009

White House Halloween

Trick or Treaters knocking at the White House door received packets of dried fruit containing cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papaya.