IngredientsGreen papaw (papaya)
1 cup white sugar
Green colouring, lime juice and grated lemon rind
- Peel the papaw and remove the seeds. Wash and grate the flesh, or blend in a food processor.
- In a saucepan, cover the papaw with water and bring to a boil. Strain the water off, add more water to cover and bring to a boil a second time. Again pour the water off.
- When the papaw is cooled, put it on a cloth and wring well.
- Make a syrup using ¼ cup fresh water and the sugar. When the syrup thickens, add the papaw.
- Stir very well to prevent sticking. When the mixture begins to thicken, add ½ tsp lime juice to every cup of papaw, and a little grated lemon rind.
- Stir well and cook for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is just getting hard. Add a little colouring and remove from the heat.
- Roll in granulated sugar to form the mixture into small balls which soon harden. Serve as a confection.
Note: The juice of green papaw is said to lower the blood pressure of some people, and has been used as a natural medicine for this purpose. It is probably a good idea to stick to the recipe, and boil off these juices twice just to make sure. Ripe papaws do not have this effect.