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Papaya in Syrup

papaya in syrup Dessert Islands
Papaya in Syrup
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 6

Living in the Caribbean opens the door to enjoying tropical fruit almost all year long, such as: pineapples, bananas, guanábanas, nísperos and lechosas (papayas.) This makes it easy to prepare desserts, sweets, smoothies, marmalades or just a simple fruit salad at any time. On this occasion, I'm going to share with you how to make one of my favorite desserts, dulce de lechosa-or papaya as this fruit is commonly known. This light dessert of simmered papayas is very popular in Puerto Rico, as well as throughout other Caribbean countries and sub-tropical areas. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
green papaya, approx. 2 lbs.
2
dried cloves
2
cinnamon sticks
3
cups sugar

Directions

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  • 1
    Cut the lechosa or papaya in half, lengthwise and peel the halves using a potato peeler or serrated knife. Then remove the seeds inside with a spoon, lightly scraping the surface to remove any excess membranes.
  • 2
    Next, cut the halves into thin slices or cubes and place in a pot with plenty of water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the pieces of fruit don't stick together.
  • 3
    Afterwards, remove the lid and add the remaining ingredients. Continue to cook (uncovered) for 30 more minutes or until the liquid has reduced into a syrup. Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a jar or other hermetic container. Completely chill in the refrigerator and serve over fresh queso blanco.

Expert Tips

  • If you would like a lighter syrup, add more water to the recipe.

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More About This Recipe
  • Living in the Caribbean opens the door to enjoying tropical fruit almost all year long, such as: pineapples, bananas, guanábanas, nísperos and lechosas (papayas.) This makes it easy to prepare desserts, sweets, smoothies, marmalades or just a simple fruit salad at any time. On this occasion, I'm going to share with you how to make one of my favorite desserts, dulce de lechosa-or papaya as this fruit is commonly known. This light dessert of simmered papayas is very popular in Puerto Rico, as well as throughout other Caribbean countries and sub-tropical areas.

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