papaya
papaya

Papayas should be golden, soft, and fragrant. Remember: The sweeter the fruit smells before you peel it, the sweeter it will taste.

  • 1 medium, ripe papaya, peeled and seeded
  • ¾ cup peach nectar
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup ice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 20 seconds, or until the drink is completely smooth.

Variations

GREEN PAPAYA SMOOTHIE Omit the peach nectar. Add ¾ cup white grape juice and 1 peeled, sliced kiwi before blending.

LATIN AMERICAN SMOOTHIE Omit the peach nectar. Add ¾ cup guanabana nectar before blending. Guanabana nectar is available in most Latin markets or by mail from Central Market (800-360-2552).

PACIFIC RIM SMOOTHIE Omit the peach nectar. Add ¾ cup white grape juice and 6 drained canned lychees before blending.

PAPAYA RAIN FOREST SMOOTHIE Add 2 tablespoons toasted cashew nuts, 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk, and 3 tablespoons grenadine syrup before blending.

PAPAYA TAMARIND SMOOTHIE Omit the peach nectar. Add ¾ cup tamarind nectar before blending.