Papaya flowers

Blossoms on a male papaya tree in Barbados. Photo copyright Bajan Scent.

These are some flowers blossoming on a male papaya (pawpaw) tree in a developing garden in Barbados. Although we all know a lot about papaya fruit, the benefits of its flowers (the blossoms that eventually produce the fruit) are less spoken about, although its curative properties and use as a herbal remedy I am certain have been known for centuries. Just like the fruit, the leaves and flowers of the papaya tree are both edible, and also have strong therapeutic properties and health benefits. Papaya flowers are high in antioxidants and said to help with diabetes and dengue fever. They are also rich in folic acid and vitamins A, C and E.

Cooking with papaya flowers

Papaya flowers are completely edible once boiled, or they can be very lightly pan fried and eaten as a side dish. I don’t know what they taste like because I haven’t actually tried them yet!  But they are quite small and very delicate, so they might not go well with heavy seasonings, sauces or intensely flavored dishes. A light sprinkling of sea salt and / or nutmeg might go well with papaya flowers, and they could possibly be served with cream cheese, or fruit and vanilla ice cream, or as a garnish on a light, green vegetable salad, or perhaps with some plain jasmine or coconut rice.

In scent and skin care

Papaya flowers don’t appear to relinquish any scent, so this can set the creative juices running if you wanted to create a perfume inspired by papaya flowers, and you would only be limited by your imagination. In terms of skin care, besides eating the flowers and leaves, a papaya leaf or flower extract I believe would be a logical way of obtaining their nutrients which could then be infused into a facial oil or toner.

Some edible flower reading

 

       

 

Kenyan Black Tea Beauty Balm

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your support for those who follow this blog (please don’t be afraid to comment), and here’s hoping for a great 2017. This is one of my products that will soon be back in stock. Kenyan Black Tea Beauty Balm is a luxurious, natural body butter infused with black… Read More

Three perfume ingredients

It’s been a while since I wrote about some of the perfume ingredients that I have been experimenting with in perfume blends. GERANIUM ABSOLUTE is extracted from the leaves and tops of geranium flowers. It’s a natural material from Egypt, but much more potent and penetrating than the better-known steam-distilled geranium essential oils. Fresh, sweet,… Read More

Scented sugar cane soaps

Shugarôme™ – my range of custom scented sugar cane soaps – will be available once again from May 2017. It’s a unique line of handcrafted, aromatic soaps which takes the essence of sugar cane – its juice – and pairs it with rare and beautiful botanicals and essential oils to create scented products that have a… Read More

Avene thermal spring water

Bathing in sea water has always been recognized as having some type of beneficial value for the body. Since childhood a sea bath in Barbados has been the natural recommendation for ailments such as colds, joint aches, eye and skin conditions. So although it’s just water and nitrogen, I believe there might actually be something to Avene Eau Thermale (Thermal Spring Water) from France that… Read More

Vegan solid perfume recipe

This is a simple recipe for a solid perfume base that contains no beeswax or animal products, so perfect for those who are vegan or vegetarian. It’s made in the same manner as a traditional solid perfume base, except soy and olive waxes are used in place of the beeswax. This is the perfume base… Read More

Star jasmine

Been seeing this little beauty in the late afternoon for many years now, and only recently did it occur to me to look it up. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) also known as Confederate jasmine or Asian star jasmine, is native to China and Japan, but is not a true variety of the jasmine species (Jasminum). In Barbados I usually see… Read More

Geranium de La Reunion

  Hi everyone, just a quick update to let you know that I have decided to re-name the Bourbon Geranium perfume currently being sold to Geranium de La Reunion. There are still a few bottles left of the original Bourbon Geranium in my Etsy store and at Andromeda Botanic Gardens. But when those have been sold out I… Read More