I have tried papaya only twice in my life. The 1st papaya I got was from Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY (great market. often compared to whole foods). When i tasted that papaya, it tasted very bland, flavorless, and kind of hard. I had then done some research on what a ripe papaya was because I assumed the papaya wasn't ripe. Then my second time eating a papapya was even worse. I bought my second papaya from a fruit stand in China Town, NYC. I bought a papaya that i thought was ripe (yellowish orange and soft to the touch). The next day is when I ate it. To start off, the papaya had a terrible odor. It smelled, for lack of a better description, like s**t. When I tasted it (I don't know what was going through my mind to want to eat something that smells like crap. However, I thought to myself that I spent $8 on a papaya and I'm not letting this go to waste). As if the smell didn't repulse me enough, when I tasted it it tasted like, you guessed it, s**t. After tasting it, I unfortunately had to throw it out.
My experience with papayas have not been good...at all. I'm wondering what a true papaya tastes like because I would very much like to be able to like papaya due to there beautiful digestive enzymes. (I have slow digestion, so papayas would be a major help to me starting this raw vegan diet).
IN SHORT, what do papayas taste like to you? What should they taste like? What should their texture be like? How do you tell when is is ripe or how to you go about picking one out at the store?
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Very ripe papaya sometimes have this foul odor.
What I do to enjoy a ripe papaya is put it on the fridge and let it cold for a while.
It's so yummy when the papaya is ripe and cold!
Very sweeeet! One of my staples. :)
I used to HATE papaya! This was a strange thing because I love fruit! I tried to buy a good papaya a couple times and I tried to eat ones that friends were eating and enjoying. I just couldn't get behind it. Then I came to Hawaii. I made myself try a papaya to see if there was a difference between what I had been eating in CA and one right from Hawaii. There is no comparison! I was hooked, I ended up eating on average about 10 to 15 papayas a day.
I got back from Hawaii and I was having withdraws from not having papaya so I broke down and bought one that looked like it would be tasty. Bad idea, it had that baby crap smell and taste. I guess you are just going to have to move to a tropical place!
A ripe papaya tastes like a dream. It has a very mild taste of sweetness and... flowers. It can not be compared to any other fruit in my opinion. The texture depends on the type of papaya. Large papaya (very dark orange flesh) will have a bit firmer texture and the small one (fits in the palm and has lighter color) is much softer. When it is ripe it should basically melt in your mouth. No chewing is needed. Hard to compare to anything.
Papayas don't ripen very well because they tend to get moldy quickly. A few spots of mold on the skin are ok as long as you do not eat that. Don't buy them when they are green as they will spoil before ripening. When they are ripe they are all yellow with orange/red showing. When you cut them in half it feels as if you are cutting margarine with a warm knife. It has to be effortless.
This is UNRIPE papaya (don't buy):
This one is almost ripe. It is good to buy now because it is still quite firm so it will transport well.
This is how a ripe papaya looks inside:
When I was searching for images I found this thread which should be helpful as well