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Pawpaw Chutney

Pawpaw Chutney (Caribbean papaya preserves)

(Caribbean papaya preserves)

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Papaya chutney is a luscious tropical jam that makes good use of a fruit grown all over the Caribbean. Spread it on slices of bread or serve it alongside grilled or roasted chicken or pork. A version without the allspice is made in Senegal where it is called confiture de papaye.

Makes about 1 1/2 pints


  • Papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped -- 1 pound
  • Sugar -- 1 pound
  • Water -- 1 cup
  • Lime juice -- 3 tablespoons
  • Gingerroot, minced -- 1 tablespoon
  • Allspice berries -- 2 or 3
  • Salt -- pinch


  1. Pulse half the papaya in a food processor or blender until it is in small chunks. Puree the remaining papaya.
  2. In a large saucepan, stir together the papaya and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Spoon into sterilized half-pint jars, seal and refrigerate or process in a boiling water bath.

Pawpaw Chutney Variations

  • Substitute mango or pineapple for half of the papaya.
  • Replace the water with 1 1/4 cups rum.

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