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Papaya Lime Jam Recipe

by Helene Dsouza on January 17, 2014

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Papaya Lime Jam Recipe

Since we have been growing a little garden with fruit trees and herbs, we have had Papaya trees giving fruits. However, we noticed something strange with the papaya trees in the past months and apparently we are not the only ones here. Our few papaya trees have been mostly growing wild. That means we ate some fruits, a few seeds were spread somewhere in the garden or some birds transported the papaya seeds into our humble paradise and boom, a small papaya tree was born. They would always grow into handsome green and fresh, 2-3 meter high trees. Some would turn into females and some into males. You can recognize that by the flowers. A female papaya tree grows flowers on the stem while the male grows flowers on branches. See picture…

Male female papaya trees

Male & female papaya tree

Once the female was pollinated by insects,  papaya fruits would slowly emerge. The fruits would take a few months to ripen and the tree would slowly die. The trees would slowly loose ground and fall and some of them would even be hollow. The roots would be eaten and I blame the hungry ants for that! At first we would still get 1-3 fruits from the trees before they would go down, but these days they don’t even survive pollination. So it came that we are out of papaya trees in the compound because some other family members, with a green thumb, have been experiencing the same problem.

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I have been wanting to make a good batch of papaya lime jam but we don’t have any papayas growing in our garden. So, I finally decided to just buy a batch because this homemade jam recipe had to be shared, no matter if I have homegrown papayas to my disposition or not! If you are lucky enough to use local or even homegrown papayas then go ahead and try this papaya lime jam recipe. I usually don’t buy papayas anymore, first of all because there are only a few exceptional recipes calling for papaya (including this delicious jam recipe!) and secondly because the commercially commonly available papayas in Goa tend to have way less flavor. The fruit quality choice is of course very important for a perfect homemade jam. That means using organic, non treated limes in this papaya and lime jam recipe is an essential because the skin is used as well to give the homemade jam some natural pectin.

Papaya Lime Jam Recipe

Pectin helps in preserving the jam and usually you could use pectin sugar but we don’t get this in India and anyway I prefer jams with natural pectin and not the pectin sugar. Another step, to make sure that your homemade jam holds well without getting moldy, is to always work in a clean and hygienic environment. This is the most important step when making jam at home! Also, the sugar amounts help in the preservation as does the cooking and rolling boil process. At the end, just before filling your jars, make sure to sterilize your clean jars and lids in boiling hot water. Sterilizing will get rid of any naughty germs. Just before closing the lid, pour a small amount of rum into the lid, to kill remaining germs and to give your papaya lime jam a longer shelf life. I always store my jam in the fridge, simply because I live in a very humid climate and I would suggest you do the same thing, so that you can completely enjoy your homemade jam for the few months to come!

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Papaya Lime Jam Recipe
Recipe type: Jam, breakfast
Serves: 4 small jars
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Addictive fruity homemade Papaya Lime Jam Recipe. Who can resist this jam on a freshly made bread for breakfast?
  • 1 kilogram Papaya pieces
  • 600 grams Sugar (I use Sugar cane)
  • 3 Limes
  1. To prepare the papaya cut into half and quarter and scrape out and discard the seeds and strings with a spoon. Cut and discard the peel as well. Cut the Papaya into one inch sized pieces. Papaya Lime Jam Recipe
  2. Place the papaya pieces in a bowl and add the sugar, juice of the 3 lime and the previously washed lime skins. Mix the content, cover with a lid and keep for 12 hours or more in the fridge. Stir the content every few hours. Papaya Lime Jam Recipe Papaya Lime Jam Recipe
  3. After the fruits have been resting, place everything into a pot and cook on low heat for about 25 minutes. Keep on stirring frequently! Papaya Lime Jam Recipe
  4. Increase the heat and bring it to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat. Papaya Lime Jam Recipe
  5. Test if the jam is set by dropping some jam on a cold plate. If the jam runs, it needs some more cooking time.
  6. With a sterilized clean spoon and masher, pick out the lemon peels and mash the papaya for a short time. I like to have a few fruit bits left in my jam for some texture. Papaya Lime Jam Recipe
  7. Prepare your jars and lids by sterilizing in boiling water and pour some rum into the lid. Place your jam into the jars, close and turn them upside down for a while. Store in a cool and dry place!

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I am Helene, the author behind Masala Herb! My aim is to show you an incredible world full of surprises. Food, Culture and Travel are my forte and that's what I enjoy. Follow my Food and Travel adventures and learn some incredible things! Now in the beautifull Indian coastline state, Goa.

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Lizzy (Good Things)

Oh Helene, how exquisite! Yes, we grow our own fruit and vegetables, but they are really suffering in this heat!
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Hey Helene, I’ve never even thought of making jam from exotic fruits like Papayas as they are so expensive over here, but I bet that jam tastes truly divine.
Janie x
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John@Kitchen Riffs

Gosh, I’d love to be able to get locally-grown papayas! They’re available here, of course, but a bit too expensive for homemade jam – it’s much cheaper it buy the commercial stuff. Fun recipe, though – someday I should just damn the expensive and make this jam!
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My Mom grew beautiful papayas and she made amazing dishes with it. And I never ate them because I can’t stand this fruit. Such a shame, because this looks gorgeous and I am sure is a feast for all papaya lovers. I am going to save the recipe and pass it to Mom, she is going to love it!
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How very interesting to learn about papaya, a fruit my parents love. It’s so sweet in India.
This jam is so interesting and I’m quite intrigued. I am gonna try making it sometime when I am in India, my parents will love it.
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Joanne T Ferguson

G’day Helene and what an unusual combination, true!
Spread the word and wish I could come through the screen and try some right now too!
Cheers! Joanne YUM!
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Choc Chip Uru

This jam combo looks fantastic, definitely beating marmalade 😀

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

My next door neighbours have two papaya trees. They rarely eat the fruit so maybe I’ll make jam! I love making jam.
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What a fantastic way to use up your papaya. I would love to try this jam. :)
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Wow, I’m in the habit of making (and eating) all types of jam but it had never crossed my mind to use papaya. Love the recipe!



I’m with Azita – I’ve made lots and lots of different types of jam, but never papaya. I love it and the lime sounds perfect for the flavor of papaya! Great jam Helene!
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Wow Helene! That jam looks so awesome and why didn’t I ever think of a papaya jam! Very creative and delicious indeed.
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Laura @ Family Spice

Wow! I never thought of jamming papaya and I am a jam fanatic! What a wonderful recipe. Now to find some papaya!
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Ammu Elizabeth John


I have made papaya lime jam today, it came out well but having a bitter taste. could u pls help me why is it so.


Helene Dsouza

I suppose you used the same sugar and fruit amounts as described in the recipe. Did you taste the papaya fruit before using it, was it sweet or maybe a bit bitter? These days not every papaya fruit tastes sweet and the same. Did you cut close to the papaya skin? It happened to me too that when cutting papaya, I cut it to close to the skin so that the hard light yellow part is on the fruit and that part is bitter. Also it depends which lime you used, did you use the same once as shown in the pictures or bigger lime? If the lime are different, more intense in flavor (compared to common regular lime) or bigger, then I suggest to reduce the amount used in this recipe. Best is to taste the jam before filling it into the jar and then you can always add a small amount of sugar if there is bitterness, which is usually not the case. Homegrown fruits are often much sweeter and less bitter. Also, the jam didn’t burn at the bottom of the pot when you cooked it? A tiny amount of burned fruit while cooking can turn the jam bitter.



Hi Helene : thank you for a wonderful recipe … I made a third of this recipe and it tastes delicious . And many thanks for a natural ingredient for pectin .. Am naturally wary of making jams and jellies at home coz of the artificial preservatives needed , but this is a winner all through. I shall post this on my blog with a link back to ur blog ..cheers, Kalyani


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