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The first time I had fresh papaya was in Thailand. I was 8 years old and my mom got to attend a conference in Bangkok so she brought me along for the ride. Our first morning there, I was starving – thanks to a combination of jetlag and skipping dinner the night before – and raced down to the hotel restaurant, hoping to see a buffet lineup with waffles and eggs and bacon. What I got were plates of fruit – pineapple, papaya, and honeydew – and toast and jam. I was disappointed, to say the least, and was fully expecting to walk away hungry, but something about that fresh fruit turned out to be exactly what I needed. I’m sure we ate other amazing things during our stay, but the only thing I can remember is the fruit.

Ever since that trip, I’ve always associated papaya with Thailand – exotic and refreshing. It makes me feel a little fancier, even if it’s just going inside a muffin.

Fresh papaya

This might be my official summer fruit

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If muffins are basically the breakfast equivalent of cupcakes, then the crumble is more or less the frosting. I feel like all muffins should have a crumble. Can we make this an official rule? No shirt, no shoes, no service. No cupcake without frosting. No muffin sans crumble.

Dried Papaya Muffins with Cashew Crumble

It’s all about the crumble, baby

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