What Happens When You Eat Papaya Seeds With Honey?

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How to Eat Papaya Seeds

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Papaya seeds have recently caught attention as a potential health food, and while much of the evidence supporting the notion is unverified, the seeds are nontoxic and might be worth trying just in case. You can eat papaya seeds by treating them as a supplement and eating them whole, or you could grind the seeds up and use them when you would usually use pepper since the two tastes are fairly similar.


Eating as a Raw Supplement

  1. Choose a small papaya.Smaller papayas tend to have seeds with a milder taste, while the seeds of a large papaya tend to be more bitter.
    • As you grow accustomed to the taste of papaya seeds, you can begin getting larger fruits instead of searching out small ones all the time. Starting with small papayas can help you get used to the flavor, though.
  2. Chew directly on a few seeds.Papaya seeds can be eaten whole, but for the first week or so, only chew on one or two papaya seeds a day. If you eat too many at once, you could end up overwhelming your taste buds and digestive system.
    • The bitter, pepper-like taste of papaya seeds can be overwhelming at first, and if you rush yourself too quickly and eat too many at once, you might become discouraged from eating any more.
    • Additionally, while papaya seeds are safe to eat, consuming anything in large quantities when your stomach is not accustomed to it can cause digestive upset. Starting slowly is the best way to avoid or minimize this upset.
  3. Work your way up to a larger amount.Over the second week, gradually work up to 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml), then to 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml), and finally to a full 1 tsp (5 ml) daily.
    • Make things even easier on your digestive system by taking the papaya seeds with a meal heavy in protein. Doing so will make it easier to get the maximum amount of benefits from the proteolytic enzymes in the seeds, thereby improving your digestive health.
  4. Try eating the seeds with honey.If the stronger, bitter taste of papaya seed proves too strong for you, you could try taking whole papaya seeds with 1 tsp (5 ml) of honey to lessen the effect.
    • When taking papaya seeds with honey, you should still chew the seeds a few times before swallowing them.
    • Additionally, the combination of honey and papaya seeds is thought to be an effective treatment against parasites, so taking your papaya seeds with honey has possible health benefits, as well.

Part 1 Quiz

What can you do if you find the bitter taste of papaya seeds overwhelming at first?

Using as a Replacement for Pepper

  1. Crush the seeds.Use a mortar and pestle to crush up to 1 tsp (5 ml) of papaya seeds at a time, grinding them into a fine or coarse powder.
    • Alternatively, you could add the clean, dry seeds directly to your pepper grinder instead of using a mortar and pestle, if desired.
    • For best results, opt for freshly crushed papaya seeds instead of seeds that were crushed some time ago.
  2. Use crushed papaya seed whenever you would use crushed peppercorn.Crushed papaya seeds work well as a substitute for black pepper and can be used in equal proportions.
    • Note that the taste of papaya seeds is not exactly like pepper. Some have compared it to a blend between pepper and mustard, but when used in small quantities, the difference is not usually enough to negatively affect the food you use it on as a pepper substitute.
  3. Try seasoning meat with papaya seeds.One great way to use peppery papaya seeds is to season steak, chicken, or pork with the crushed seeds before you cook the meat.
    • For instance, you could crush 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) of papaya seeds and use them to season a single serving size steak. Rub the crushed seeds on the steak and let it sit for an hour before pan-frying in a little olive oil.
    • The papain in papaya seeds acts as a meat tenderizer. The flavor itself adds flavor to the meat, and it can also help you digest the steak after it gets into your stomach.
  4. Make a papaya seed salad dressing.Another popular way to use papaya seeds is to mix them into a vinaigrette dressing, similar to the manner in which you might prepare a pepper vinaigrette.
    • For one version of papaya seed dressing, use 1 Tbsp (15 ml) papaya seeds, 1/4 cup (60 ml) papaya fruit, 1/4 cup (60 ml) red onion, 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh cilantro, 1 clove garlic, 5 tsp (25 ml) ginger, 2 Tbsp (30 ml) apple cider vinegar, the juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp (5 ml) honey, 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil, 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) sea salt, and a pinch of chili pepper flakes if desired.
    • Blend all of the ingredients, minus the oil, in a blender until they form a liquid.
    • Slowly pour the olive oil into the blender or food processor as it runs to blend it in thoroughly.
    • This recipe produces 1 cup (250 ml) of papaya seed dressing. You can store it sealed and chilled for up to one week.

Part 2 Quiz

If you use papaya seeds instead of pepper, what additional flavor might you taste?

Additional Usage and Storage Notes

  1. Note the health benefits of papaya seed.Now that you know how to eat papaya seeds, you might still be wondering why you should.
    • For starters, papaya seeds contain high levels of oleic and palmitic acids. Both are believed to help protect your body against cancer.
    • In traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, papaya seeds are used to detoxify and strengthen the liver.
    • The flavonoids in papaya seeds are believed to help prevent germs from causing infections and are also thought to protect the kidneys.
    • In one study done with Nigerian children, 76.7 percent of the children got rid of intestinal parasites after consuming papaya seeds daily for one week.
  2. Scoop the seeds out of a fresh papaya.The simplest, most effective way to get papaya seeds would be to buy or harvest fresh papaya and to scoop the seeds out of the fruit with a metal spoon.
    • After digging the seeds out with a spoon, spread them out on one half of a clean tea or dish towel. Fold the towel over to sandwich them in the middle and rub the seeds quickly to remove any remaining, attached pieces of fruit.
    • Place the seeds in a colander and rinse them under running water. Spread them out flat near a windowsill to dry in the sunlight for a few days.
    • You could also dry the seeds using a dehydrator. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid drying the seeds out too quickly or not thoroughly enough. When using a dehydrator, however, the total amount of necessary drying time is usually cut from days to hours.
  3. Store an excess in the freezer.If you do not plan on eating or using all your papaya seeds within the first few days, you should place them in a freezer-safe, airtight container and store the seeds in a freezer.
    • If you eat papaya seeds on a fairly consistent basis, you can store them in the refrigerator instead of relying on the freezer. If you do not think that you can go through your papaya seeds within a week or so, though, it is best to freeze some.
    • When kept frozen, papaya seeds can retain their nutritional value for 6 to 12 months.
    • Defrost the seeds in the refrigerator overnight before use. Alternatively, you could soak frozen seeds in hot water for a few minutes until they soften.
  4. Avoid adding them to smoothies or similarly sweet foods.Even though you could technically use papaya seeds in a smoothie, many people agree that the bitter, pepper-like taste tends to be a fairly unappetizing addition.
    • Additionally, in low quality blenders, papaya seeds may not be thoroughly ground. A mortar and pestle, food processor, or pepper grinder are your best options if you want to pulverize papaya seeds.

Part 3 Quiz

What should you use to grind papaya seeds?

Community Q&A

  • Question
    If planted, will it grow and reproduce?
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  • Question
    Are there any negatives to eating too many papaya seeds?
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    Yes, papaya seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide and eating too many can cause cyanide poisoning.
  • Question
    Regardless of taste, can I add papaya seeds to my smoothie? That is my easiest way to consume the seeds.
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    Yes, if you don't mind the taste. There's certainly no harm in adding them to your smoothie.
  • Question
    Can I swallow papaya seeds without chewing?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, but it's better to chew them or else they'll come out the other end protected by the coating.
  • Question
    Can papaya seeds help to cure gastric ulcers?
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    They have no effect on gastric acidity. Try licorice root, aloe vera gel, and mastic gum all together for six weeks. It would not hurt to use a proton pump inhibitor for the first two weeks also.
  • Question
    After I dry it and grind it into powder, can I rub it on my face?
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    Yes, you can combine one tablespoon of the powder with enough honey to make a good consistency to apply to your face. Leave it on for five to ten minutes, unless your skin is sensitive. Afterwards, use a bit of coconut oil as a moisturizer.
  • Question
    After chewing and swallowing all the juices, can I spit out the crushed seeds as they taste grainy?
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    Sure, you can eat it however you'd like.
  • Question
    I fried my papaya seeds in coconut oil and spiced with Adobo. Are they safe to eat this way? They taste great.
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    That seems like a very normal way to prepare food. If you've already eaten them, I assume you've already discovered that they're safe to eat.
  • Question
    Will this restore a person's immune system?
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    Papaya seeds will not completely restore the immune system after a bad illness, but it may help maintain the body.
  • Question
    Will eating papaya seeds and fruit cure pericarditis?
    wikiHow Contributor
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    No, it will not. See a doctor immediately. This is a potentially life-threatening illness and cannot be treated by eating seeds.
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Quick Summary

To eat papaya seeds as a raw supplement, select small papaya for the mildest tasting seeds. Start by chewing on 1 or 2 papaya seeds a day for the first week so your digestive system can grow accustomed to them. Then, gradually work your way up to 1 full teaspoon over the second week and continue consuming 1 teaspoon daily as a supplement. Taking papaya seeds with a spoonful of honey can lessen the strong, bitter taste!

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  • Metal spoon
  • Tea or dish towel
  • Colander
  • Blender or food processor (optional)
  • Mortar and pestle (optional)
  • Pepper grinder (optional)

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