fermented green papaya recipe

How To Make Fermented Green Papaya – Recipe

If you want to know how to make fermented green papaya, you’re in the right place and on the right track. Fermented green papaya is SO good for you!

I used to make fermented green papaya all the time when we lived in Queensland. It was a staple in my fridge. But sadly trying to find green papaya that’s green enough for this recipe in New Zealand is pretty much impossible. 😔

However if you live somewhere where papaya is readily available, then this recipe is awesome and that’s why I’m sharing it.

Also, one day I’ll be back in the tropics and I want to make sure I have it for the future when I can make it again… 😉

Why Eat Fermented Foods?

As well as being a good way to store and preserve fresh foods, fermented foods and cultured vegetables are great health tonics. The crazy thing is that they’re also soooo easy to make!

The natural probiotics in fermented foods are important when trying to heal leaky gut, and for anyone who has any obvious digestive issue (think Irritable Bowel or IBS, Crohns, indigestion etc), cultured and fermented foods can be really beneficial.

Check out my post on how to make sauerkraut at home for another tasty ferment that you can easily keep on hand.

Now! Back to the topic we started with… 

The Importance Of Our Microbiome

Do you know that we are all less than half human? It’s true! Over 50% of our body is bacteria, and then there are viruses, fungi and parasites. This mixture of other ‘non-human’ species that combine to make up the most of us, is known as our microbiome.

There is a lot of new research coming out about the importance of our microbiome and the harm that antibiotics, medications, food additives, and even cleaning products can cause.

Our microbiome plays a huge part in keeping our immune system healthy, and in turn the rest of our body, and this is where fermented foods such as home made sauerkraut and fermented papaya can help us to stay healthier, and even help us to regain our health when we lose it in this very messy modern world.

Is Fermented Green Papaya A Good Probiotic?

Fermented green papaya is full of digestive enzymes and good bacteria. It is really simple to make and green papaya is a healthy food in its own right. When green papaya is fermented it becomes even more healthful as the fermenting process increases its nutritional value.

Fermented green papaya is a powerful probiotic superfood that you can make at home. It’s simple, it’s healthy and it’s really tasty!

Here’s the recipe below. My apologies for the bad quality of the video! I made it quite a lot of years ago and maybe one day when I get back to the tropics I’ll make a new one.

fermented green papaya recipe

Fermented Green Papaya

Sue Woledge
Fermented green papaya is a powerful probiotic superfood that you can make at home. It’s simple, it’s healthy and it’s really delicious!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Fermenting Time 7 days
Total Time 7 days 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Fermented, Keto
Servings 20
Calories 19 kcal



  • 1 Large green papaya
  • 1 tbsp Celtic sea salt per kilo of papaya
  • 4 Cloves garlic Finely chopped


  • Grate, shred or chop the papaya using either a mandolin slicer, food processor or similar.
  • Mix shredded papaya with the salt and garlic and squeeze firmly until liquid forms in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Pack tightly into a fermenting crock or jar making sure that liquid covers the papaya (if it doesn’t add a little salt water brine made with 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water), cover and leave to ferment for a few days or more depending on taste then store in the refrigerator.



Calories: 19kcal
Keyword Fermented, Lacto Fermented, Papaya
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Fermented foods are not only easy to make and tasty, but including fermented foods in your diet every day can help keep your gut flora and immune system healthy.


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