Papaya seeds can be used as a tasty and healthy substitute for black pepper in a variety of recipes. They contain enzymes that can aid digestion and offer a spicy and refreshing taste similar to pepper. Here is a recipe for how to turn papaya seeds into black pepper using papaya seeds as a substitute for black pepper:

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A recipe for papaya seed pepper spice

Using papaya seeds as a substitute for black pepper will give us new and interesting flavors and also the health benefits associated with eating the seeds.
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Keyword: papaya seeds, papaya seeds spice
Author: Miss Ageless


  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Sharp Knife
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Seeds Collection Bowl
  • 1 A fine strainer for washing the seeds
  • 1 Baking Paper
  • 1 baking tray Any size and any shape will be good for us


  • 1 Papaya


  • Removing the seeds: Open the papaya and remove the seeds.
  • Washing the seeds: Rinse the seeds thoroughly under running water to remove additional fruit particles. At this stage it is advisable to use a strainer.
  • Initial drying: dry the seeds with a paper towel or cloth to remove excess moisture.
  • Preparing the seeds for the oven: spread the seeds flat on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Make sure the seeds are spread out and not stuck on top of each other.
  • Drying in the oven: heat the oven to a low temperature of about 60-70 degrees Celsius in a baking program without a grill. Put the pan in the oven and leave the oven door slightly open to allow air circulation and prevent mold. Drying the seeds may take about one to two hours, depending on the moisture of the seeds.

You can also use a food dehydrator to completely dry the seeds.

  • Check the seeds: the seeds will be ready when they become dry and hard to the touch. Be careful not to burn them.
  • Storage: Store the seeds in an airtight container after they have cooled completely to keep them fresh.
    I like to mix them together with the pepper in the table grinder and thus enjoy all the worlds 🙂


In conclusion:
Drying the papaya seeds in the oven is a great solution to extend their shelf life and make them more convenient to use in the kitchen.
What can be done with the spoiled seeds?
  • Grinding: You can grind the dried papaya seeds in a coffee grinder or table grinder to obtain a coarse powder. Grinding the papaya seeds will create an effect similar to black pepper.
  • Use in cooking: use the ground papaya seeds as you would black pepper. Try adding them to soups, salads, meats, and other dishes for a spicy and refreshing seasoning.
  • Add to shakes and salads: Have a look at this wonderful Papaya shake that fixes everything!
  • Another common use: Ground papaya seeds can also be incorporated into spice mixes and even used to make vinaigrette dressing for salads.
Papaya seeds are an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial in improving heart and kidney health, and they also provide high levels of dietary fiber that support the digestive system and the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels.
Considering these benefits, papaya seeds can be included in the daily diet in the form of crushing, grinding or directly spreading on different foods to enrich the taste and nutritional value.


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