Recipe For Caribbean Sweet Candy – Papaya aka Paw Paw Balls

how to make papaya balls
Papaya aka Paw Paw balls is one of many simple homemade candies that everyone enjoys in Trinidad and Tobago where it was first made.  It is a sweet treat and a delight to every child and adult who eats it.  Even the tourist who visits the shores loves the taste of paw paw balls and homemade sweet delicacies.
Ingredients
2 cups grated green paw paw (papaya)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
A few drops of green colouring
1 tablespoon lime juice
zest of half a lime
1 cup water


Method
Wash and peel the green paw paw (papaya).  Cut in half and remove the seeds.  Grate the paw paw (payapa).  Transfer to a cheese cloth and squeeze out all the excess water.  Place into a mixing boil.
Add the lime juice and the lime zest.  Mix together well.  Add the sugar and transfer the mixture to a pot.  Place on the stove.  Stir the mixture and allow the sugar to melt and the moisture to boil down and get gel like.
Transfer to two separate containers.  Add a bit of green coloring to one of the bowls with the papaya mixture and mix together.  Allow the colored mixture to cool.  You can do the same thing by adding a bit of red coloring to the other bowl with the papaya mixture.
When the mixture is nice and cool. Mix again. 
Take out about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball.  Dip each one into some granulated sugar and roll again – set aside.  Continue this process until all the mixtures are used up.  Enjoy.
You might also been interested in these recipes:  Bene Balls, Tamarind Balls

Five Health Benefits of Papaya

Improves digestion:  In today‚Äôs times, it is near impossible to avoid eating foods that are bad for your digestive system. Often we find ourselves eating junk food or restaurant food prepared in excessive quantities of oil. Eating a papaya daily can make up for such occasional mistakes, as it has a digestive enzyme known as papain along with fibre which helps improve your digestive health.

Prevents cancer:  Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids that prevent your cells from undergoing free radical damage. Some studies have also linked the consumption papaya to reduced risk of colon and prostate cancer.

Helps reduce stress:  After working hard for the whole day, it is a good idea to come home to a plate a papayas. The wonder fruit is rich in several nutrients like Vitamin C which can keep you free from stress. According to a study conducted in University of Alabama, found that 200 mg of Vitamin C can help regulate the flow of stress hormones in rats.

Great for your eyesPapaya is rich in Vitamin A which helps protect your vision from degenerating. Nobody wants to lose their ability to see due to diseases like age-related macular degeneration, and eating papayas will ensure that you do not see a day where you cannot see.

Helps in weight lossThose looking to lose weight must include papaya in their diet as it is very low in calories. The fibre content in papaya leaves you feeling full and also clears your bowel movement making your weight loss regime easier.

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