Dried papayas: uses and nutritional benefits

The Papaya is an exotic tree of the Caricaceae family. Native of South America, it is appreciated for its fruit: the Papaya. Papaya is an exotic fruit, its importation in France automatically involves a destruction of micronutrients. The drying of the Papaya allows to maintain its micronutrients in the fruit. Dried Papaya is rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene). This vitamin is interesting in case of eye or skin disorders. Vitamin C is also a component well represented in dried papaya. Partly thanks to this vitamin, dried papaya fights against oxidative stress. Latin name: Carica papaya L. Botanical family: Caricaceae. Part used: Fruit.

Recommended consumption

The dried Papaya is a dry fruit. It therefore contains more sugar than a fresh Papaya, the recommendations of daily consumption are defined. In classic cure or for pleasure, a portion of dried Papaya is estimated between 20 and 30 g per day, which represents 2 to 4 slices per day.

In what form?

To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :

  • Whole
  • In pieces
At what time of day?

We advise you to use them during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of their benefits:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Dinner
What modes of use?

You can incorporate them into the following preparations to make them easier to take:

  • Dessert
  • Yoghurt, dairy
  • Only
  • Mixed with other dried fruits
  • Muesli

Health Nutrition Benefits

25g of dried Papayas contain a significant portion of the Population Nutritional Reference (PNR) of the following nutrients: Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They also contain, to a lesser extent, Fiber, Potassium and Vitamin B9.

As such, dried Papayas can complement your healthy and varied diet.

Digestive system

Papain is a protease naturally present in Papaya. This enzyme cuts proteins. Moreover, dried papaya contributes to the intake of fiber, which stimulates intestinal transit (see our guide to constipation).


Dried papayas are a source of fiber. These reduce cholesterol levels. Also, thanks to their antioxidant capacities, dried papayas participate in the prevention of cardiovascular risks linked to dyslipidemia. In short, the dried Papaya fights against the misdeeds of the oxidizing stress and the hypercholesterolemy, to integrate within a varied and balanced diet.

Nervous system, well-being

Papayas stimulate the body with their vitamins and carbohydrates. Three vitamins of dried papayas: A, B9 and C, are known to reduce fatigue. Concerning the carbohydrates, this macronutrient is the fuel of preference of the body.

Ocular system

Vitamin A deficiency can affect the eyes. Dried papayas are rich in vitamin A.

Body, face and hair care

Vitamins A and C are constituents of Papayas. They are often suggested to erase the appearance of wrinkles. Indeed, vitamin A reinforces the elasticity of the skin and vitamin C, by its action on collagen, brings firmness to the skin. Moreover, vitamin C is antioxidant, it limits the premature aging of cells caused by free radicals.

Immune system

Dried Papayas contribute to the formation and functioning of immune cells. Vitamins A and B9 are involved in cell division and differentiation, and therefore in the formation of immune cells. A deficiency in vitamin C reduces the resistance to infections.

Oral system

Vitamin C is essential to the gums and teeth through its contribution to the formation of collagen. This contribution is particularly visible in case of vitamin C deficiency: scurvy. The latter causes serious gum damage and tooth loosening. Within a varied and balanced diet, dried papaya contributes to the health of the oral cavity by its contribution in vitamin C.

Bone system

Bones are in perpetual renewal. They are made up of an inorganic part, minerals, and an organic part: proteins (including collagen). Dried Papayas bring vitamin C. The vitamin C contributes to the synthesis of collagen. By this action, the dried Papayas support the rigidity of the bone and contribute to the good osseous reorganization.

Muscles and joints

By the implication of the vitamin C on the synthesis of the collagen, the dried Papayas contribute to the health of the articulations. The collagen is a real glue, it allows the cohesion, the hydration, the resistance and even the flexibility of the joints.

In addition, dried Papayas fight against the disorders of the muscular contraction. Indeed, dried papayas are a source of potassium. Potassium transmits the nerve impulses that allow muscle contraction. A deficiency in potassium can lead to muscle cramps.

Nutritional properties

Main properties

  • Hypocholesterolemic (fiber): Papayas reduce cholesterol levels due to the fiber in them. Fiber traps cholesterol from food which limits cholesterol absorption. In addition, they are low in saturated fat, which helps maintain normal cholesterol levels.
  • Contributing to energy metabolism (carbohydrate, vitamin C): dried Papaya, like other dried fruits, consists mostly of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the body's primary fuel. Moreover, certain cells use only carbohydrates to function, we speak about glucodependent cells: red blood cells, neurons, etc. On the micronutrient side, vitamin C is involved in energy metabolism.
  • Digestive (papain): dried papaya aids in protein digestion.

Secondary properties

  • Contributes to tissue growth (vitamin B9, vitamin A): dried Papayas are carriers of vitamin B9 and vitamin A. Both have an action on the genetic system by stimulating cell multiplication.
  • Anti-fatigue (vitamin B9, vitamin A, vitamin C): papayas offer a whole cocktail of anti-fatigue vitamins, such as vitamins A, C and B9.
  • Dental protector (vitamin C): dried Papayas are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin contributes to the formation of collagen, a protein that makes up dental tissue (except enamel) and gums.
  • Anti-anemic (vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B9): the three vitamins most represented in dried Papayas prevent anemia (abnormally low hemoglobin levels). Vitamin B9 ensures the formation of red blood cells. Vitamins C and A increase the absorption and contribute to the metabolism of iron. Iron is a trace element that also contributes to the formation and functioning of red blood cells.
  • Vasculoprotector (vitamin C): thanks to vitamin C, dried Papayas contribute to the normal formation of collagen. This collagen is a component of the vascular walls. Papayas maintain the integrity of blood vessels.
  • Laxative (fiber): dried Papayas are a source of fiber. Generally speaking, fiber increases the volume of salts, resulting in an acceleration of intestinal transit.
  • Photoprotector (vitamin A): papayas are rich in vitamin A. This vitamin is essential for vision: its pigmentary derivatives constitute the photosensitive cells and allow twilight vision, differentiation of shapes and lights. In addition, vitamin A protects the cornea.
  • Immunomodulating (vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin C): dried Papayas contain vitamins A, C and B9. All three positively influence the immune system. Vitamins A and B9 stimulate the synthesis of leukocytes (white blood cells, the cells of immunity). Vitamin C is involved in the functioning of leukocytes.
  • Antioxidant (vitamin C): dried Papayas are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, it is an antioxidant agent.
  • Protector of the osteo-articular system (vitamin C): the vitamin C in dried Papayas participates in the formation of collagen. This protein, which acts like a real glue, is an essential constituent of the bone and joints.
  • Firming (vitamin A, vitamin C): dried Papayas carry vitamins C and A. True anti-wrinkle vitamins, Dried Papayas stimulate collagen synthesis (a constituent that modulates the appearance of the skin).

Nutritional values

*Recommended Daily Allowance

To know more about the plant : The Papaya

The Papaya is an exotic tree of the Caricaceae family. It is mostly found in Brazil, the West Indies, India and Malaysia. Its size resembles the palm tree: it reaches 3 to 7 m in height and has a tuft of leaves of 70 cm each. The Papaya has a fast growth and a short life span.

There are three sexual types of Papaya: male plant, female plant and hermaphrodite plant. The hermaphrodite plants and the female plants give fruits. These fruits are inserted in cluster directly on the trunk, it forms big oval berries with a green skin that becomes orange when ripe. This last one, the Papaya, has a flesh whose color varies according to the varieties: from yellow to red. In the center, a cavity is formed in which are multiple small black seeds covered with mucilage.

Papaya is widely cultivated for its fruit, other parts of the plant such as latex, leaves, roots or seeds are also known to have medicinal properties. Papaya likes warm and humid climates, well drained soils, rich in calcium and a basic pH.

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