Of Coffee With Paw Paw

If you were having coffee with me, I would… as usual be happy you stopped by, unless of course you have never been here before and in that case I would say you are in for a treat… See nothing is normal and we would try out a steaming hot cup of paw paw/papaya ( at least I think it’s the same stuff right?)

Paw Paw Leaves Tea

You might want to know what brought this on, well, someone wanted me to research on the benefits of paw paws, which I did.

 Pawpaw and Papaya
  • Lowers cholesterol. Papaya is rich in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent cholesterol build up in your arteries.
  • Helps in weight loss.
  • Boosts your immunity.
  • Good for diabetics.
  • Great for your eyes.
  • Protects against arthritis.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Helps ease menstrual pain.

And that the paw paw leaves contain more than 50 great nutrients such as Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, calcium, flavonoids, tannins, betacarrotene, folate, karpain, antioxidants, dietary fiber, and more.

Papaya Leaves Juice Benefits for Healthy Natural Life... | Health ...

Its good for skin and hair and there’s research which shows paw paw leaves may improve memory too. Since I had a “stash” of dried paw paw leaves I decided to crush and mess around with it and see what happens.

Dried Paw Paw Leaves

Kinda looks like something one could roll into a joint and smoke it….

If you were having coffee with me, in this case it would be dried paw paw leaves and it tastes… a bit green.. I have never eaten a colour before but if green had a flavour I imagine that is what it would taste like… adding sugar removes some of the bitterness and adding lemon makes it an interesting citrus tonic.

Paw Paw Leaves Tea

I think its something one could get used to… I can feel myself getting smarter. I might mess around and retwist up my own hair.

Retwist my hair
Seeing Triple?

If you were having coffee with, I would tell you I cant believe I live in a world where people need to be told not to drink bleach… I mean it says so on the label

Fun with household chemicals - Drawception

Also the disinfectant in here kinda looking whiskey coloured, and if lockdown does not end in a week as its supposed, I can see myself messing around with it…

Which reminds me, if you were to drink bleach, and it did not kill you, when you went to pee would it clean the toilet??

Lets blame the crazy ideas on the paw paw leaf tea, I think its affecting me, at least that’s my excuse unlike some of the world leaders we have, I wonder where from they got their government certificate to make decisions for the country.

Our government launched a commendable programme to offer relief funding for the vulnerable communities; for a minute lets not try to think about how much of the population is going to face challenging times ahead between the coronavirus, a drought and economic meltdown or that the $180 ZWL is about equal to $5USD (parallel market rate) and not much of a bail out; when The Food Poverty Line #FPL for one person in March 2020 according to ZIMSTATS was ZWL$473.03 but still its better than none. I was wondering how they would identify those who would get the funds

Apparently a “sophisticated algorithm” was used to select beneficiaries of the ZW$180 Covid-19 relief fund. The minister of finance claims they looked at how much money is in one’s bank account, mobile money wallet and using one’s cellphone number, figured out your location.

Sip you paw paw tea and lets not question whether or not the most vulnerable even have phones or bank accounts and lets not entertain any suspicions that a lot of that money is going to end up unaccountably missing because corruption in the system is like cancer preying on the noblest of intention.

Once upon a time the government lost 15 billion dollars….

If you were having paw paw tea with me, I would ask if you need a refill and if life before corona feels like a dream we have woken up from and can never get back to

I looked all around me
I asked the policeman and said
How much must I pay for my freedom?
He said to me, son
They won’ t build no schools anymore
They won’ t build no hospitals
All they’ ll build will be prison, prison

These lyrics by the late Lucky Dube from his song Prisoner seem to have taken a new meaning in these new age of corona.

Learning institutions seem like they are going to have a difficult time getting back to normal and some people suggest virtual learning as an easy alternative but access to the internet and the tech devices are going to provide a challenge. For starters we really need to start having conversations about the price of internet and getting zero rated information and educational sites and some people need to learn that The Internet is a lot more than Whatsapp and Facebook

Between all that I am always trying to build the blogging community in Africa and find ways of making the world, realise the value blogging has or can have, the shared lessons our blogs can teach. Sometimes I think nobody notices the effort I out in and other times the universe finds a way of letting me know:

Beaton of BecomingTheMuse or Uncle of bloggers, to me more of the guardian of African blogging. His efforts to unit African bloggers make him a mythology of some species, if we have fifty Beatons blogging would be the most prestigious thing ever. On his blog, from blogging tips, to the movie reviews and the social-economic status in Zimbabwe you will always unearth something funny in his blog posts. Zimbabwe is lucky to have him.
A screenshot from Benjamin Watch’s Blog on a post about his favourite bloggers

Had you known about the benefits of paw paw before this post, but now you do, you are welcome.

A week ago a government official shared a tweet about how travellers who had returned from UK were refusing quarantine demanding being put in hotels the tweet sparked an exchange between people who wanted these people to return to where they came from while others were sympathetic to their plight…

Later their own version of events would emerge and some people would go on to realise how they had been quick to judge the situation…

At the very least blogging spaces offer you a place where you can be heard, how can the world hear us when we cant even listen to each other?

While you finish up your herbal infusion, I would tell you that Knives Out is my current favourite movie, maybe lockdown has scrambled my brains, when the ideal is unavailable the available becomes ideal .. check out my review below or just tell me if you have watched the movie.

So whats going on in your neck of the woods?

~B

25 Comments

    1. The tea does not taste anything like the fruit so I think it should be doable it tastes more like a herbal tea, if you have ever tried any herbal tonics

      Don’t drink bleach, got it 😂😂

      ~B

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    1. Thanks for dropping, a pleasure 😁
      And next time you see paw paw remember to save some and try out a healthy tea.. Who knows what else its good for 😂
      ~B

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      1. apparently you can even boil the green leaves from the pictures I saw on the internet that looks rather “raw” but who knows mayabe a homeopathic cure to corona is hiding in there with all those vitamins and antioxidants and immuno-boosting what whats…
        Do let me know how it goes
        ~B

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    1. I love a good herbal tea, its unfortunate cant find a herbal coffee hahahaha
      But yep, do get your friends to try I would be curious to know how they find it
      Thanks for visiting
      ~B

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  1. Listening to Stromae – Racine Carrée live from 2015 and thinking how fortunate we are to have artists of this calibre creating, sharing, being, making people think. We all express in different ways, some to a larger audience than others. Just love the inspiration. Thanks for being one of the creators, sharing your inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Claire
      This means a lot, we are all creatives trying to share a piece of ourselves through our art as art imitates life and life imitates art and somewhere between inspiration will find us
      appreciate you dropping by
      ~B

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    1. That would be more a question of how strong you want it to be…
      You can boil the crushed leaves in a saucepan/teapot and then pour into a cup

      or you can add boiling water to a cup with the leaves but that one is a bit messy and you may end up with floaties as some of the leaf particles may float around.
      I didnt try adding milk but most herbal tea is usually best without milk

      Do let me know how it goes
      ~B

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      1. How would we have noticed when our internet providers were busy offering “cheap” WhatsApp and Facebook bundles
        and now here we are, most people even if you avail them full unlimited access to the internet they wont realise the potential information they have access to and will spend their time on social media…
        ~B

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  2. I just “stumbled” upon your blog via the Africa tag. Great stuff here. I actually learned a few things about paw paw. I appreciate the tone of your writing and the mission/ exhortation.

    Here in the U.S. I see more myths than anything factual coming across newsfeeds. There seems to be a detrimental naiveness sweeping the globe with intellectual slumber as the outcome.

    I’ve been searching for an outlet/forum for unfiltered/unbiased discussion and I’ve concluded that blogging has the greatest potential to meet the criteria.

    I am informed by your reasoning and concur with your observations.

    ~Good read~

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    1. Hi Leslee
      Thank you so much for stopping by and I am glad algorithms of the internet made it such that you could stumble on my nook of the interwebs hahaha
      Sometimes I joke about how on my blog you can discover aspects about which in real life I might never ever ever say out loud….
      ~B

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