Papaya, Prosciutto, and Lime

Slices of fresh papaya served with thinly sliced prosciutto and fresh squeezed lime.

Prosciutto Papaya Lime
Elise Bauer

When it comes to tropical fruit, mangos and pineapple may get all the attention, but my favorite?


It's so good! Easy to prepare too.

There's no peeling around pineapple eyes or carving around a thin sturdy mango seed. You just peel the papaya, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and slice.

Papaya is especially helpful when you travel to a tropical climate as it is filled with enzymes that help with digestion, a bonus for those of us with adventurous appetites.

My favorite way to eat papaya is simply drizzled with a fresh squeezed lime. But if you want to make a light meal of it, like melon, papaya loves being paired with prosciutto.

It's the meaty and salty saying hello to the sweet and juicy, all topped off with a splash of tart lime.

Papaya, Prosciutto, and Lime

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings


  • 1 firm but ripe papaya
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1/2 lime, cut and sliced into a few wedges


  1. Prep the papaya:

    Using a vegetable peeler, peel away the outer skin of the papaya. Cut the papaya in half. Using a metal spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds. (The seeds are edible, by the way. They taste peppery, like nasturtium flowers, and can be used in salads.)

    Slice the the papaya halves into wedges lengthwise.

  2. Sprinkle wedges with salt:

    Arrange the papaya wedges on a plate. Sprinkle with a little salt.

  3. Wrap with prosciutto, sprinkle with lime juice:

    Either wrap the wedges with prosciutto, or roll up thin sheets of prosciutto and place them between the papaya wedges.

    Squeeze fresh lime juice over the papaya and prosciutto.

    If you would like to serve the papaya as an appetizer, cut the papaya into 1-inch pieces, sprinkle on some lime juice, wrap each piece with some prosciutto, and secure with a toothpick.