Papaya-Lime Sorbet

Papaya-Lime Sorbet

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005

In Mexico, papayas are served with a wedge of lime and a pinch of salt. This sorbet honors the sweet-tart combination and transforms it into an elegant dessert. It's like a tropical vacation in your mouth.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 8 cups peeled, seeded and diced ripe papaya, (about 1 very large or 8 small; see Ingredient note)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup “lite” coconut milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest, divided
  • 2 pinches of salt


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  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Arrange diced papaya in a single layer and freeze overnight.
  2. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved and syrupy, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour the syrup into a glass measuring cup and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove the papaya from the freezer to defrost while the syrup is cooling.
  3. Transfer half the frozen papaya to a food processor. Add half the syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 tablespoon lime juice, ½ teaspoon lime zest and a pinch of salt. Pulse two or three times then process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and stir as necessary. Transfer the sorbet to a large serving bowl. Repeat with the remaining ingredients; add to the serving bowl. Serve immediately or freeze until ready to use.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The sorbet will keep in the freezer, without freezing solid, for up to 3 hours. (Alternatively, prepare through Step 3, transfer to a shallow pan, cover and freeze for up to 1 month. Before serving, let defrost for 30 minutes, break into small chunks and
  • Ingredient Note: Very large papayas, 3 to 4 pounds each, are available in many big supermarkets. Smaller papayas (about the size of a mango and yielding about 1 cup of diced fruit each) will also work well. To select a ripe papaya, look for skin that is about half golden yellow and half green and yields to gentle pressure, like a ripe peach or nectarine. It's common to find very green papayas in the store, but once home, they'll ripen—out of the refrigerator—in 2 to 3 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 118 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 3 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 54 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 24 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 1,380 IU vitamin A; 90 mg vitamin C; 30 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 50 mg sodium; 269 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (150% daily value), Vitamin A (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

Reviews 3

December 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Sorry, very tasteless to me. It could be I've done something wrong, so I'll try it again and if I get a different result, I'll post a new review.
December 04, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
i loved this!!!
July 09, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
My 16 month tasted a bit of this wonderful sorbet, held up her spoon and laughed as she signed for more! In my book, that is beyond 5 stars. This is wonderfully refreshing and very easy to make. I look forward to my next batch.
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