A batch of dried papayas in a spoon
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An Easy Recipe to Dehydrate Papaya

It is the perfect tropical twist you need in your smoothie bowl or cereal!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: papaya, dried papaya, dehydrated papaya
Appliance: oven
Servings: 1 glass jar
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1 papaya (peeled, sliced and cut in small pieces)
  • 1 tsp citric acid (or)
  • 2 and 1/2 tbsp ascorbic acid
  • 1 quart of water


  • To make a batch of dried papayas, wash and peel the papaya. Slice it in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the fruit into thin pieces. 
  • Now, stir in 1 teaspoon of citric acid, or 2½ tablespoons of ascorbic acid, into a bowl filled with 1 quart of water. To the solution, add the cut papayas and allow the pieces to soak for 10 minutes.
  • In a colander, drain the papaya and after some time lay the slices on a cookie sheet.
  • Cook the papaya pieces at 100 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 hours. After 12 hours, check the papayas to see if they have properly dried in the way you wanted. If no, then cook it in the oven again for 8-12 hours. 
  • Once they are completely dried out, store them in an airtight container.
    A batch of dried papayas kept atop a wooden platform


You need to cook these papaya pieces at the lowest possible temperature in your oven. Now, some ovens may not have a low-temperature setting. If you use a cooking thermometer to gauge the temperature of a preheated oven, and if it registers more than 145-degree Fahrenheit even with a fan near the oven door, you may have to use another oven.