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Papaya lilikoi jam

Do you make jam? I love homemade jams and really enjoy making my own jam. I like knowing what the fruit looked like before it went into the jam, and having control over the ingredients.

This is the last week of school, and in time-honored tradition the kids’ teachers all get a jar of homemade jam. One of my friends has a lilikoi vine in her backyard and gave me some lilikoi (passion fruit) in exchange for a jar of jam. The local farmer’s market had a great deal on papayas… perfect!

two kinds of lilikoi on the left, scooped papaya on the right

I had 6 medium sized papaya. After scooping out the seeds, I scooped the fruit into a bowl (5 1/2 cups), then mashed them with a potato masher. Then I carefully cut open the leathery lilikoi and added the juice (1/2 cup) to the papaya. You can eat the lilikoi seeds, but they don’t look great in jam, so I use the juice only.

one of the purple lilikoi sliced open. You can eat the seeds and juice. Lilikoi are tart.

I then added 1 1/2 packages of pectin, brought the mixture to a boil, added 5 1/2 cups of sugar and boiled that for another minute. Then I ladled the hot jam into the prepared jars and processed them in the canner for another 10 minutes. Yum!

papaya lilikoi jam

I hope the teachers enjoy their jam!