Green Papaya Salad Recipe - Atsara, a native Filipino side dish. 

So you're thinking: what on earth are you going to do with that unripe fruit? Well, try this green papaya salad recipe. 

This simple green papaya salad recipe is what you need to make that unripe papaya salad. Green papayas has more health benefits than the ripe ones. Even the leaves are used as anti-cancer tea in some parts of the world. Papaya leaves tea has been proven as a very potent anti-tumor effect. 

Filipino Atsara -pickled green papayaFilipino Green Papaya Salad recipe - also known as 'Atsara' in Filipino which is shredded green papaya and pickled to perfection.

This authentic Filipino pickled papaya or Atsara recipe is what you need to make that good for your gut salad. 

You know, when a papaya is freshly picked, there is a sap that oozes out of it. It's like the blood of the fruit. It's white with a glue like consistency. 

If you're not careful and you get it on your skin, it will make you itch like crazy! 

But no worries! Don't get sappy about it. You won't get that with the papaya fruits you buy in the supermarket. Those things have been picked for days and even weeks. There are no longer any sap oozing out of them.

This is how to tell if the fruit you're buying is fresh. When there's no sap, it's been on the supermarket shelves for so long. They traveled far across the country to get to your supermarket.

So let's get on to the green papaya salad recipe here. It's one of the favorites in my  Filipino Food list. Mind you it has a plethora of health benefits and really very good for gut health!

I was lucky enough to have access to fresh green papaya while living in New York. What's great about this city is that, it's the melting pot of all nations. You have access to all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables including some exotic ones. That's the magic of the shipping industry.

This fruit is available at an Indian store. Grab one if you see them and make this Atsara recipe!

  • grated fresh green papaya
  • shopped Chili pepper ( a red bell pepper will do if you don't want it spicy)
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed & minced

Peel the fruit. Just remove the green skin. If you have a vegetable grater, use that. I used my cheese grater, the side that has bigger grater. It works just fine. No need for fancy equipment.

You can cut the fruit in half, take out the seeds if you want and run it through the grater. I like to grate it whole and stop until all the flesh are grated and all that's left are the seeds and the core.

Once grated, assemble all the vegetables in a big bowl. Add some salt to taste, 1/2 cup of vinegar, the garlic and the tablespoon of sugar.

Mix well. Pack it in jars and let it soak and ferment for a couple of days in the fridge.

*** Some folks blanch the vegetables first, but I prefer it packed in jars raw and let the veggies infuse each other's flavors. ***

So when you see a green unripe papaya at your supermarket, pick up one and make this Filipino atsara recipe or green papaya salad recipe!

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