Papayas grow in Fiji and other tropical places. Not in Finland, but actually I have planted a pawpaw tree in Africa when were were living there. Remembering today Easter Sundays with papaya. Tropical papaya is married here with prunes – something that belongs to my childhood celebrations.
We had half of a large papaya for breakfast this morning. I have a lovely memory eating papaya for breakfast in Fiji – a hotel in Tavua. That was my first time eating it.
I wanted to bake a pie with the other half. It worked well. The pastry was pretty easy to do, just worked with the fork. I did not even whisk the eggs for the custard. I used my fingers only slightly as I spread the crumbs into the baking dish – mainly to push the pastry up the sides. The pastry was nice and crunchy and contrasted well with the custard type of filling. Yes, could have even put in a few more prunes!
As you can see, I first called the recipe Pawpaw Pie. I had to change the name as I have now googled – in response to a comment – that pawpaw and papaya are not the same fruit, even though the names are used for both at times – like I did. I used papaya and it is tropical, the tree has leaves really only at the top and the fruit has lots of peppercorn like seeds. Pawpaw grows in a scrub-type tree and there are larger and fewer seeds in two rows. The flowers are different too. Pawpaw grows in America. Sorry if I mislead anyone.
Han, the Fiji paw paw also only has the leaves around the top – like a fringe. There are different varieties but the tree is much the same.
So you actually call them paw paws? Not papayas?