Temperatures in the 90’s got me thinking about making Papaya Jam. Papayas love the heat. So I decided to start making papaya jam.
First some background information. Papaya plants are tropical so we have take precautions with the plant in most of the state of Texas. My plants were started from seeds that I removed from papayas that came from the grocery store. The seeds were removed from the pulp, cleaned and then immediately planted in potting soil. The first year they grew about three feet tall. I over-wintered the plants in the garage when the temperature got near freezing. Then in the spring I planted them into my garden. I fertilized them well and continued to do so throughout the season. Not too long after planting the papayas in the soil they began to develop flowers. I got lucky in that several of the plants developed flowers close to the stem, which told me that they were female, while one developed flowers out on a stem making it a male. Sometime you will get a plant that develops complete flowers which provides both male and female within the same flower. The fruit develops quite rapidly. Eventually the fruit turns yellow. If you have lots of papayas or cold weather is approaching you can even use the green fruit to make a fruit turnover (empanadas). Most people use the papayas strictly for eating fresh. But when you have lots of fruit, one needs to think of other things to do with it. Temporarily I froze my surplus fruit. To do so I peeled the fruit, removed the seeds, and then cubed it. I then placed it in gallon ziplock freezer bags which I put into the freezer until today. So of course I decided to make Papaya Jam. I thawed out the fruit and then mashed it up. I measured out 5 cups of the mashed fruit. (I had more left over to make into papaya smoothies.) I added lime juice from my lime tree, and sugar. I cooked the fruit until thick and then added no-sugar needed pectin. I let it boil for 1 minute. I then poured it into freezer containers. It set up almost immediately. What a heavenly taste. I can’t believe this concoction isn’t on the shelves in every grocery store.
5 cups of ripe papaya
1/4 cup lime juice
5 cups of sugar
1 pkg no-sugar needed pectin