How to Dehydrate Papaya:

Dehydrated chopped papaya makes a great snack on its own, and is a tasty addition to any trail mix. Steam papaya prior to dehydrating if you plan to use it for baking or with gelatin. Dehydrated raw papaya is preferable for use in salads or snacking.


  • First, peel the papaya and clean out the seeds, then chop or slice as desired.
  • If you know you will be using the papaya with gelatin or in baking, steam it over boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Otherwise, lightly spray with lemon juice or an ascorbic acid solution.
  • Spread the sliced papaya on a dehydrator tray.
  • Dehydrate at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12-14 hours.
  • Store in a vacuum with a Mylar bag for the long-term, or a mason jar with an oxygen pack for the shorter term.

Dryness Check:

Dehydrated steamed papaya develops a hard outer coating, will click when dropped on the counter and will be dark red-orange in color. Pieces should not stick together when squeezed in your hand. Dehydrated raw papaya should feel dry like paper, be somewhat flexible, and will be dull peach color.


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