Mapopo (Papaya Candy) Recipe from Zimbabwe



Mapopo is a traditional Zimbabwean recipe for a classic sweet (candy) made of papaya that’s candied in sugar and which is dusted with icing sugar before serving.

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes



  • 1 papaya (approximately 1 pound)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Lemon peel, grated
  • ½ teaspoon mint, dried or fresh



– Peel the papaya and wash well.

– Slice into little strips.

– Place the papaya, mint, grated lemon and sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

– Cook for 10 minutes, then set aside for half an hour.

– Reheat over medium heat until the mixture crystallizes.

– Remove from heat and, using a spoon and fork, mold into ball or stick shapes.

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