Don't throw away papaya seeds (do this instead!)

The papaya fruit pulp is a popular DIY ingredient used in skin care for its brightening and exfoliating properties. If you didn’t know it yet, papayas have an enzyme called “papain” which slough away dead skin cells from the epidermis. This instantly smoothens your skin and helps fade pigmentation too.

But hold on, what about papaya seeds? Have you ever asked this question? We’re sure not! That’s because we’ve often seen people throwing them away. While that’s been an age-old practice, recent studies have shown that papaya seeds are an equally nutritious part of the fruit. They are not only edible but also rich in multiple vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

So next time you consume this sweet tropical fruit, instead of discarding the seeds in the bin put it to some good use in your culinary recipes as well as personal care needs.


  • Rich in Polyphenols

Papaya seeds contain polyphenols and even flavonoids which are wonderful antioxidants for your body. They help reduce oxidative stress and damage in your body, skin and hair by neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise attack healthy cells.

This property could also be helpful to protect your body from the growth of cancerous cells.

  • Helpful With Digestive Issues

Papaya seeds contain dietary fibre which helps with the digestion of food. Dietary fibre helps prevent constipation and other digestive health issues by acting as a bulking agent and allows the bowel movements to function normally.

  • Helps Reduce Cholesterol

Papaya seeds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which can help reduce blood cholesterol levels. This could also help improve your overall cardiovascular health.

  • Nourishes Skin and Hair

Papaya seed oil when used regularly can help nourish your skin and hair. It contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and keep your skin and hair moisturized too.


Papayas seeds when dried have a bitter-spicy taste profile similar to that of black peppercorns. Hence they can be used as an alternative to pepper in a lot of recipes.

To dry papaya seeds, make a vertical cut in the fruit and scoop out the seeds. Place them in a strainer and run it under cold water until its sticky outer membrane washes away. Now, put them in a tray and leave them out in the sun or in the oven on low heat to let them dry completely. Once dry, you can ground it and sprinkle it over smoothies, salads and other dishes as a spicy garnish. You can also use them in baking bread or simply eat them raw mixed with other edible seeds if you enjoy the taste.



1 tbsp papaya seeds

¼ cup papaya pulp

¼ cup coriander, chopped

½ tbsp chopped ginger

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp raw honey

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt and lemon juice to taste


  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until they form a smooth consistency.

  2. Store this in an air-tight jar and drizzle over your salad for a healthy salad dressing.



½ cup papaya seeds

¼  cup papaya pulp

¼ cup almond oil


  1. Place all ingredients together in a blender and blend until it forms a smooth puree and the seeds are completely grounded.

  2. On clean skin, gently massage the exfoliator in circular motions all over your body. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse with soap and water.

The coarse texture of papaya seeds along with the fruit pulp will slough away dead skin cells while almond oil moisturizes your skin leaving it smooth and glowing.


Papaya seeds have some antifungal properties that might aid in dandruff control. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help nourish your hair and scalp.


1tbsp papaya seeds, finely ground

½ tbsp bhringraj powder

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp curd


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a hair mask.

  2. Taking one section at a time, apply this mask all over your scalp

  3. Massage it gently for a few minutes and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before shampooing as usual.

Now that you have learnt a few ways to use papaya seeds, don’t let them go to waste ever again.

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