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Green Papaya Ferment


Prep Time: 45 mins.

Ferment Time: Minimum 14 days.

Makes: 1 Litre Jar | Suits: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Nut Free, Vegan

May Ly from @consciousground

Green Papaya Ferment

Fermented green papaya is a great way to add green papaya to your daily plate to aid digestion and add a crunchy punch to satiate the senses. It’s readily available year round and if you’re lucky you might already have a few trees growing locally.


  • 1L glass flip top jar with silicone seal
  • Just over 1kg green papaya
  • 1 heaped Tbsp good quality sea salt, we use Celtic (ensure it’s not iodised or contains any other agents)
  • 1 heaped Tbsp organic raw sugar (this will be consumed by the microbes)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Love 💖


  • Wash chopping board, knife, mixing bowl, glass jar with hot water and vinegar, set aside to air dry
  • Peel green papaya and deseed
  • Thinly slice in a good processor, mandolin or julienne slicer
  • Place in large mixing bowl with salt and sugar
  • Toss evenly so salt and sugar is mixed through green papaya
  • Set aside for 30 mins, massaging is not required
  • Check liquids at the bottom of the jar has accumulated
  • Start packing the green papaya into the glass jar
  • Push firmly to release any air pockets and fill the jar, leaving a 2 inch gap (usually just up to where the jar starts to curve) to allow the expansion of gasses and liquid release
  • Seal and lock the jar, give the outside of the jar a quick rinse
  • Set an intention on your jar with love 💖
  • Place on a plate to capture any leakages and set on the counter out of direct sunlight for a minimum of 14 to 21 days
  • Place in the fridge once opened, or store on the counter anywhere up to 6-12 months.

Visit any of our cafes to try this fermentation and more nutritional goodness in our Conscious Bowls! See you there!