Papaya Agua Fresca

I don’t like the taste or texture of papayas but know they are good for me.  Water them down and enjoy papayas as a refreshing drink.

According to the Canadian Nutrient File, papaya contains a great number of your daily-recommended intake of nutrients, including: 103% of Vitamin C, 17% of folate, 7% of fibre (1.8 g), 4% of magnesium, 7% of phosphorus, 5% of Vitamin A, 3% of Vitamin K, 75 µg lutein and zeaxanthin and 761 µg of beta cryptozanthin—antioxidants that may help combat free radicals.


Papaya beverage


Papaya Agua Fresca

Yield: 8


  • 2 cups ripe papaya, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Ice


  1. Puree the ripe papaya with 3 cups of the water in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a 2-quart pitcher. Add enough of the remaining water to fill pitcher. Sweeten agua fresca with granulated sugar to taste.
  2. Refrigerate agua fresca at least 2 hours before serving. Serve over ice. Enjoy!


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