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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Papaya Pickles And Papaya Soup From Home Grown Papayas.

At present I have a papaya tree planted outside my front fence. Due to lack of ground space, I planted this papaya tree in a small space just next to the outside drain. It has grown tall and it is now as tall as the porch awning. At one point, I thought of chopping down the tree but it began to bear more new fruits before I could finish harvesting the remaining ones.
 I prefer to wait till the fruits are ripe on the tree because they will taste sweeter. But the birds started to feast on the papaya before they are due for plucking. So I was forced to harvest the papayas earlier before they are ripe enough to eat.
 One morning the thought of making papaya pickles came to mind.
So I plucked 2 half ripe papayas from the tree.
 I used a little bit of salt to mix with the papaya slices. After about 5 minutes, I washed off the salt and drain off the water from the papaya slices.
  Then I add sugar and apple cider vinegar to the papaya slices, mixed it thoroughly and kept it overnight in the refrigerator.
 Next day, I separated them into small plastic tubs and distributed them to my neighbours and nearby friends. I kept back 2 small tubs for hubby and myself.
 Sometimes, when I feel like drinking papaya soup, I will pluck 1 small sized papaya which is just beginning to show sign of a tinge of yellow on the green skin. To boil the soup, I cut the papaya in big pieces, and then I add red dates, goji berries, some dried cuttlefish, and rib bones. Sometimes, I will add carrot if it is available. It is a very delicious soup.
For that evening's dinner, I also harvested some white brinjals from my garden. I steamed the brinjals, peeled off the skin and topped with garlic oil, oyster sauce and soy sauce.
This was our homecooked dinner and the ingredients used were mostly home grown.
We shared a small portion of white rice.
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The following fences are for joining Good Fences.
We passed by this place when we were in Teluk Intan.
Can you see the white metal fence with design.
I took these snapshots from inside a moving car.

Linking to Good Fences.

I see God moving across the deserts from Mount Sinai.

His brilliant splendor fills the earth and sky;

his glory fills the heavens, and the earth is full of his praise!

What a wonderful God he is!

(Habakkuk 3:3, The Living Bible-TLB)

51 comments:

  1. wow homegrown papaya!! I can't repeat often enough that you are an excellent gardener, Nancy.

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  2. Oh My my the pictures look beautiful and you know what while I was reading this, my moth was already watering.... great going!! I will let my mom know about this and will ask her to prepare some for me...

    Also check my Post on Health Benefits of Eating papaya

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  3. I would love to try your papaya pickles.

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  4. I love papaya pickles! They are so addictive.

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  5. ...I guess that you can pickle just about anything!

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    1. Yes, and there are many ways to pickle the veggie or fruits.

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  6. Papaya soup sounds so tasty!

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  7. I have never tried papaya pickles or soup, but they certainly look good.

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  8. My mother makes her papaya pickles the same way as you - oh....nice delicious memories, haven't eaten papaya for years! Homegrown and home cooked food is just priceless!

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    1. Yes, I am now buying less vegetables since I have my supplies from my own garden.

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  9. You have an amazing green thumb and your home-cooked meal looks wonderful.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ♥

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  10. I love papaya soup and the pickle too. Unfortunately am not good at planting papaya kept dying on me. But luckily My frens know this and they gave me unripe papaya whenever they have.

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    1. Before this plant, a few plants died. Sharing is good especially for those who have plenty. I too share because the 2 of us could not finish.

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  11. So nice to be able to harvest home grown papaya and brinjal from your garden.

    The papaya soup must be tasty and delicious after you added all those ingredients such as dried cuttlefish.

    I can eat a lot of rice with your homecooked dishes.

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  12. Your shots from inside the car are gorgeous! Especially the large and beautiful palm tree. Is that coconuts up high in the tree? Wow, I am impressed...how do you know how to make the papaya pickles? It all would be so healthy.

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    1. Yes, they are coconuts up high in the tree. The recipe is very simple.

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  13. It all looks so good! My father had a papaya tree in his yard and used to give me some now and then.

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  14. Oh very interesting food darling
    xx

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  15. My mom had papaya trees in her backyard.. in my childhood I've never seen my buying papaya from market..

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    1. Those days we need not have to buy papayas because we can grow them in our compound.

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  16. That white metal fence design looks very intricate!

    Grandma loves papayas, and used to have a tree (it froze last winter). When she would pick a not quite ripe enough papaya, she would make slices in the skin from the stem to the bottom all the way around, and wrap them in newspaper. In a couple of days, they would be as sweet and ripe as could be.

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    1. That's is interesting. I didn't know that it could ripen that way.

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  17. Por aquí las papayas no se dan muy bien, el frío las seca. Besitos.

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  18. Ya ya it is so annoying when you have to complete for the fruits of your labour with these free-loaders! It's either harvesting before it's fully ready or having no harvest at all.

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  19. Wish we could grow papaya here, they used to grow so well in Rhodesia and I really miss them. I also ike the peppery pips. Take care Diane

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