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Comment by Kimber on February 12, 2015 at 1:32pm

Wow, that's a good price for papayas.  The price here is a dollar something a pound at the cheapest place in my city that I know of.

What an awesome surprise that papaya tree must have been when you found it growing.  ;o)

Papaya, romaine and cilantro is another combination that is also really good.

Cheers to awesome papaya salads.  ;o)

Comment by Peter on February 12, 2015 at 12:59pm

A few years ago whilst traveling in Malaysia we (the passengers) stopped off at a bus stop for about 15 minutes.

I walked around the complex and stumbled upon a papaya tree growing amongst dense bush. It was huge - probably ten metres high with lots a huge fruit. I tried to shake the trunk but to no avail as the trunk was just too large.  I don't think anyone harvested the fruit.

Nevertheless in the F&V markets in Malaysia you can buy huge ripe papaya for about 50 cents per kg.

My papaya just sprouted from seed from compost I suspect - I didn't even plant it! Papaya doesn't like frost but luckily my papaya is protected from heat from the brick wall of the townhouse.

Comment by Kimber on February 12, 2015 at 12:41pm

Hi Peter,

I like your papaya tree.  That's a nice cluster of fruit.  For the longest time I was having trouble finding decent sized and ripened papayas here in Ontario but recently a new "World" market opened up that is selling nice sized papayas for an ok price.  They're still a bit pricey but I'm happy I have the option to buy them since they're one of my favorite fruits.

I went to Cuba last year and saw some of the biggest papaya's I've ever seen in my life.  Some were as big as medium watermelons!!!  I bought the biggest one I could carry back to my hotel which I had to carry like a baby it was to big... jajaja 

I hope someday I get to live in a place where I can grow my own fruit like you... hopefully someday soon  ;o)

Comment by Peter on February 11, 2015 at 3:11pm

Nice,

I will hopefully get an opportunity to make this salad in the next year or so.

Let me explain; I live in a townhouse with limited room to grow fruits and veg but I have a papaya tree that has given plenty of fruit over the past three years. Over a year ago I planted cuttings from a dragon fruit. These are growing well but no sign yet of fruit. I obtained the cuttings from my father's dragon fruit which has been giving fruit for a few years.

Finally I grow herbs in pots. among them parsley.

Here is a picture of my papaya;

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