What do you do when you have a big half of a papaya left? Make another smoothie of course! I wasn’t entirely sure what fruit would go well with the papaya, but then I remembered I had some frozen blueberries in the freezer that needed to be used. The flavor combination worked pretty well, despite one being a tropical fruit and the other being an American wild berry. Like the papaya smoothie it still had a rather thick texture from the papaya, but the blueberries helped break it up a bit.
Last year I experimented with vegetables in my smoothies more (and I still probably will a bit this year as well). This year I’ve decided to experiment with new, slightly more exotic fruits. First up is papaya. I’d never actually had papaya before this, so I wasn’t even really sure what it tasted like, but I figured since it’s a tropical fruit it’d be yummy. Papayas aren’t really that hard to find, you can usually find them in the produce department of most grocery stores (at least in my neck of the woods) there just isn’t always a huge selection of them. Unfortunately, not knowing much about papayas I don’t think I let mine ripen enough before use. If you’re going to try out this recipe, make sure the skin on your papaya is more yellow than green. While yummy, I will note that this smoothie may not be for everyone, because the papaya takes on a bit of a gelatinous texture when blended that some people may find unpleasant. I didn’t mind it though. You may also be able to negate this a bit by adding more liquid.