Papaya, Prosciutto, and Lime

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

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-4


  • 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.)

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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.