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achara in a clear mason jar

Achara (Pickled Green Papaya)

In Filipino cuisine, achara (also spelled atchara or atsara) is a quick pickle made with thin strips of green papaya soaked in vinegar, salt, and sugar.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinate 1 day
Total Time 1 day 25 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 88kcal
Author Nora Rey
Cost $8-$10


  • Julienne peeler or slicer (optional)
  • 2 quarts wide-mouthed jars (or 4 pints)


  • 2 pounds green papaya julienned
  • 1 medium carrot julienned
  • 1 small red bell pepper julienned
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon whole peppercorns sub: ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 ½ cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger


  • Combine the vegetables in a bowl.
  • Add whole peppercorns and crushed red pepper. Toss them together.
  • Boil the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, ginger, and garlic in a saucepan. Give it a taste and adjust if necessary.
  • Tightly pack the vegetables into your glass jars and pour the hot brine until completely submerged.
  • Let it cool, then put the airtight lids on.
  • Allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for at least one day before eating. If you want a more intense flavor, marinate it for a little longer.



Green papaya: Choose one that is very firm and has a vibrant green color.
Vinegar: Distilled white vinegar with 5% acidity or sharpness is ideal for pickling. It won't change the color of the vegetables and it's the cheapest variety you can find.
Sugar: Unlike other quick pickles, achara typically has a sweet brine. You can always adjust the sweetness to suit your taste.
Glass Jars: Use jars with airtight lids. To prevent shattering the jars, combine the vegetables and the hot brine in a heat-proof bowl first. Transfer to jars once they have cooled.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1428IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg