While most people throw them away, papaya seeds and not only edible, small amounts of them in your diet can be surprisingly good for you.
Keep in mind though that chewing half a teaspoon of the seeds is not like eating papaya fruit. They have a strong flavor, more like a cross between mustard and black peppercorns.
If you can handle that, ahead are some of the main health benefits of papaya seeds, followed by some interesting ways to add them to your diet.
Papaya Seeds, Worms and Other Parasitic Infections
Like green papaya, the seeds contain high levels of proteolytic enzymes like papain which can help rid your body of parasites. In the same way that papain breaks down protein waste, it may also break down parasites and their eggs.
Good levels of digestive enzymes in your diet are also believed to help normalize the environment in your intestinal tract, making it less hospitable to worms and other parasites. Green papaya capsules and high-strength powder are a simple alternative if you don’t have the fresh fruit and its seeds available.
The seeds from papaya also contain a unique anthelmintic alkaloid called carpaine that has been shown to be very effective at killing parasitic worms and amoebas. There is much more detail on the parasite problem and a specific treatment to get rid of them in How to Use Papaya Seeds for Parasites.
1. Get a ripe yellow or orange papaya, depends on the variety.
2. Prepare a clean chopping board and sharp knife
3. Cut papaya in half lengthwise
4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the papaya flesh to avoid discoloration and making it more sweeter.
5. Gently remove papaya seeds using a spoon.
6. Sun or air dry the seeds for powdering/chunks.
7. Prepare a thick glass for rolling to powder, thick chopping board (wood preferred), and wax paper for easy gathering of papaya seeds.
8. Powder or break the seeds to chunks by carefully rolling the glass over the seeds. Gather the seeds and store it for use. Best added on your meal, soup and drinks.
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