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Filipino Green Papaya Atchara (Pickled Green Papaya)

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Filipino green papaya atchara (pickle)

Filipino green papaya atchara (pickle)

In the Philippines, papaya is a popular and common fruit. Ripe papaya, of course, can be eaten fresh—but unripe papaya can be used in both cooked and pickled dishes. In this recipe, I made a simple version of pickled papaya, or papaya atchara.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

24 hours

24 hours 5 min

6 servings


For green papaya:

  • 5 cups green papaya, shredded
  • 2 small bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3/4 cups raisins

For the pickling solution:

  • 2 inches ginger, julienned
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

For the brining solution:

  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons salt


For preparation:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 5 medium bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • cheese grater
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For cooking:

  • pot
  • wire whisk

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For storage:

  • container


  1. Prepare the brining solution: Combine 5 cups of water and 4 tablespoons of salt in a bowl. Stir until the salt is totally diluted.
  2. Pour the brining solution into a container and add the shredded green papaya. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days.
  3. Using a strainer or cheesecloth, drain the papaya from the brining solution.
  4. In a bowl, toss the green papaya, raisins, and vegetables. Set aside and refrigerate.
  5. Make the pickling solution: Heat the vinegar in a pot. Stir in the sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Allow it to cool down.
  6. In a container, combine the vegetables and pickling solution and then cover.
  7. Transfer the atchara mixture to sterilized jars. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 days to allow the flavors to fully absorb.
Atcharang papaya (pickled unripe papaya)

Atcharang papaya (pickled unripe papaya)

Tips and Techniques

  • Pickling time: Allow the papaya to absorb all of the flavors of the pickling juice for at least one day before serving.
  • Vinegar: Choose any vinegar of your choice. Just make sure to taste the vinegar first before adding to the papaya pickling mixture in order to make the any adjustments.
  • Sugar: Adjust the amount of sugar if using sweetened raisins.
  • Food pairing: Serve with fried foods or grilled foods.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on March 19, 2021:

Hi Eman,

Pickled green papaya is a popular side dish here in the Philippines. It is usually paired with roasted chicken. I hope you will be able to try it.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on March 18, 2021:

It is the first time for me to read about pickled green papaya. I think it's worth a try. Thank you,dredcuan for sharing

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