Sweet green papaya – Dulce de papaya verde


Green papaya sweet

As in previous years, I take this time to commemorate the national holidays celebrated during the month of November in Panama.

Today’s recipe is perfect for this, since it is one of the most typical sweets of my country.

It originated in the countryside and in the kitchens of the interior, it takes very few ingredients and it tastes delicious.

In some versions, shredded coconut is added to enhance the texture and taste, I opted for the simpler version.

(You may double these quantities)

  • 1/2 large green papaya
  • 1/4 panela, crumbled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.


To remove the papaya milk or sap, which add a bitter taste, with a sharp paring knife or a fork make longitudinal marks all around the skin before peeling to release the sap. Let it sit for a while, wash it, peel it and coarsely grate.

In a saucepan, put the papaya, panela and cinnamon. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes on low medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the papaya is thoroughly cooked and has acquired the color of the panela, it is ready. Remove from heat and let it cool down before serving.

Some people add a bit of water while cooking, but in my case it was not necessary, because the papaya released enough liquid to melt the panela and form a syrup in which the fruit was cooked until the desired consistency was acquired.

For the photo shoot I served the dulce de papaya in small baskets and added a few sesame seeds for decoration.


13 Replies to “Sweet green papaya – Dulce de papaya verde”

    1. Hola! Si y no, cada fruta aporta un sabor particular y al final el de membrillo queda más como una mermelada muy compacta. El de papaya tiene más la textura de un chutney y es menos dulce que el membrillo. Pero la idea es más o menos la misma 😊

  1. I haven’t had papaya since we lived in Santo Domingo for half a year. This sounds like a delicious treat…I bet it would be very good with cheese.

    1. Hi Karen! Yes, it will go wonderfully with a salty fresh cheese. I guess nowadays is easier to find papayas almost everywhere, the problem is the price…better not to think about how many papayas can one buy back home for the price of one here…🙃
      Thanks a lot for your comment, take care

      1. Since we moved to Florida, I’ve been shocked at the prices for food but I have a feeling that papayas won’t be too bad. At least I hope so. 🙂

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