Dr Alex D. Hawkes’ Pawpaw Applesauce

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By Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz

Published 1973

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Many islands make a mock applesauce from papaya, known in Jamaica as pawpaw, or from chayote (christophene). This is one of my favourite versions.


  • 10 oz. green (unripe) papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • ¾ pint water
  • 4


Put the papaya into a heavy saucepan with the water, cloves, sugar, and lime juice, cover and cook at a simmer until the papaya is very soft and most of the liquid absorbed, about 1 hour. Remove from heat. Discard the cloves. Rub sauce through a sieve and serve hot or cold.

This is excellent with suckling pig, or any meat, or poultry.