If you love making canned fruit and want to try something completely new and exciting, our papaya jam recipe is for you.
It’s colourful, delicious and ready in 30 minutes. And the good news is that our recipe is sugar and pectin free. So let us show you how to do it!
You need three simple ingredients:
fresh ripe papayas (also called paw paw or papaya)
sugar-free erythritol as a sweetener
some cornstarch as a thickener
Make sure you choose the ripest papayas you can find as they taste sweeter and prepare them according to our instructions below.
In order to make our jam recipe healthier and low in sugar, we have replaced the classic caster sugar with erythritol.
Erythritol is a natural and safe sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar but has no calories.
That means all of the sugars in this jam are just naturally occurring sugars from papayas and nothing else.
But since papayas don’t have a lot of pectin and you won’t have those oodles of sugar to thicken the jam for you, you’ll need a little cornstarch to thicken the jam.
Starch is a wonderful thickening agent that can perfectly replace pectin in jam. We have used it successfully in many sugar free jam recipes and decided to use it again in this one.
Just make sure to add starch to the hot papaya jam by following our directions exactly, or you’ll end up with some nasty lumps.
Ok, now that you know how healthy and easy to make this tropical papaya jam is, go ahead and make lots of jars. For yourself, the whole family and also your neighbors – they will love it!
And if you want to try another exotic jam, check out this jackfruit jam made only with ripe jackfruit with no added sugar.
How do you make jam out of fresh papaya?
If you are using fresh papaya to make jam, make sure it is very ripe as it not only tastes better but is also much sweeter.
This is especially important if you are making sugar-free jam or want to reduce the amount of added sweeteners.
To prepare the papaya for jam, scrape and discard the small black seeds, peel the skin, and dice the pulp into small pieces.
Does papaya have pectin?
Like almost all fruits, papaya contains some pectin, but it’s not one of the high-pectin fruits like apples, plums, and lemons.
Also, sweet and ripe papayas, which are used to make jams, contain less pectin than the underripe fruit.
So when you make jam with papayas, you need some other ingredients to make the jam gel and set.
For example, you could combine papaya with pectin-rich fruits, add commercial pectin, or just stir in starches like cornmeal like we did in our recipe.
How do you make papaya jam without pectin?
When preparing papaya jam without pectin, you have three options:
Mix in the fruit rich in pectin
Use citrus peels (particularly lemons and limes), unripe, tart apples like Granny Smiths (including peel), or plums. You can find more tips and information in our plum jam without pectin or the sugar-free apple and raspberry jam.
Add commercial pectin
It acts faster and stronger than natural fruit pectin, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely to avoid jelly-like consistency.
Add flaxseed or chia seeds
These seeds are high in soluble fiber, which forms a gel when mixed with water. The great thing about them is that they are also very nutritious.
Check out how we use them in jams in our cherry jam with flaxseed or blackberry jam with chia seeds.
stir in starch
Starches like cornstarch, arrowroot, and potato starch are natural thickeners that act as the perfect substitute for pectin.
In our pectin-free papaya jam recipe, we used a little starch to naturally thicken the jam in just a few minutes.
Make sure you dilute the starch in some water before adding it to the hot jam or it will cook too quickly and form lumps.
Can you make papaya jam without sugar?
Yes, with erythritol, a safe and natural sweetener, you can easily make papaya jam without sugar.
Use granulated erythritol the same way you would sugar: add it to the boiling papaya and stir until dissolved.
Since erythritol is almost as sweet as sugar, you can use it as a sugar substitute in jams at a ratio of 1:1 or 1:1.3 sugar to erythritol.
Alternatively, you can pair papaya with sweet fruits like mangoes or bananas, or use grape juice instead.
But remember that even if you use fruit instead of added sugar, the jam will have a higher sugar content.
What can I add to this papaya jam?
This papaya jam tastes so delicious, but you can add other ingredients for extra flavor or try exciting combinations.
For example, you can combine papaya with other tropical fruits like:
lime or orange zest
You can also flavor the papaya jam with:
Finally, try it with a dash of rum or vanilla essence for a unique exotic finish.
What can I do with papaya jam?
Here are some delicious things you can make with this papaya jam:
Spread on toast, oatmeal pancakes, waffles, or almond milk crepes
Stir it in yogurt and oatmeal
Use as a filling for layered cakes, pastries, buns or muffins
Use it as a topping for creamy desserts, ice cream or cheesecake
Glaze on meat or tofu
Add it to a salad dressing for a sweet finish