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    Who eats papaya?

    I was at the grocery the other day and they had papayas for a reasonable price so I grabbed one. Now as far as I can remember I don't think I have ever eaten papaya. This morning it seemed ready to eat, a soft spot had developed, so I cut it up. I did a little research and I guess good, ole' Chris Columbus called it, the "fruit of the angels". I'm not sure I'd go that far based on my example. I figure though that papayas are like most fruit. Sometimes they taste sweet and juicy and then there's those time when you wished you'd left them on the grocery's shelf. My papaya is sorta sweet, but it has a weird flavor I can't quite place. The texture is slightly less firm than a cantaloupe, but more firm than a peach.

    So what's a good papaya suppose to taste like?

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    Sweet, with a hint of pine needle?

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    sometimes they have a funky smell to em that bleeds over into the taste, much like a ripe cheese. It depends on the papaya varietal and season obviously. They're all good in my experience with a good squeeze of lime juice.

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    I think its like a soft cantaloupe with floral notes to it. But then again papaya to me is as strange as apples. Reminds me of when I went to the big island 2 ripe papaya for $1 !

    The trick is that the smaller ones are better, also you need to let them ripen.

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    Most of we get isn't ready or very good. More like a vague memory of what was enjoyed somewhere warm, where it was just picked ( served with a squeeze of lime maybe)

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    They grow here very quickly.The tree can barely support the fruit as it has a hollow trunk and you get a lot of fruit from one tree.The red flesh variety is infinitely nicer IMO.They are great for tenderising tough meats or squid/octopus and are very nice in Thai style salads when they are still green.People often complain they taste and smell funky especially In regard to the yellow flesh ones.

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    If you guys are writing from N.America, then I'd agree with the last comment as papaya I've tasted that have travelled a lot don't compare to what you get in S.Asia or SE.Asia. (But that kind of thing is always the case.) The travellers also seem to be on the small end, but most of the ones I've had were big. However, I guess the really big ones might lack some flavour. There shouldn't be off flavours or funkiness to them, I think; maybe that's a sign of one that was picked too soon and ripened the wrong way? They should taste a bit sweet, and I agree that lime juice works well with them because they need a bit of acid. (Some lime and a bit of sugar to make a drink - great stuff.)

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    Looks like lime juice gets a big nod yes. I try to eat everything new at least twice because your taste buds might need to acclimate to the flavor and/or texture. It took me 30 years before I liked brussel sprouts, but I didn't give up. Now I eat them at least once a week. I think with papaya I'll give it one more try and then we'll see.

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    there is a funky, woodiness to a good papaya. i love them. they are a great addition to any smoothie.

    i also love the texture and springiness of a green payaya..shredded thin and made into a salad. i do this all the time, but we have them readily available.

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    I love papayas, the only way for me to enjoy it is with lime juice... unless its in a tropical fruit salad maybe.

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