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.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005




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  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Arrange diced papaya in a single layer and freeze overnight.

  • 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.

  • Transfer half the frozen papaya to a food processor. Add half the syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut milk, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/2 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 Facts

118 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 28.9g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 24g; fat 0.9g 1% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1379.5IU 28% DV; vitamin c 89.8mg 150% DV; folate 54.1mcg 14% DV; calcium 30.5mg 3% DV; iron 0.4mg 2% DV; magnesium 30.9mg 11% DV; potassium 269.1mg 8% DV; sodium 50.5mg 2% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV; added sugar 13g.

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Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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. Read More