Papayas on the cheap
Where can I buy decent, cheap papayas -- i.e., less than $2/lb. -- and preferably in Manhattan (though I don't mind going way uptown)? I've done lots of online research but the first hundreds upon hundreds of Google hits invariably turn up one or another of the hot-dog chains (Gray's ~, ~ King, ~ Dog, etc.) -- useless to me, unless of course if I can access *their* papaya source....
Report so far for any other papaya-cravers. Haven't made it uptown yet but the Chinatown varieties are small and so don't work out to be so cheap.... I managed to find Mexican papayas on sale almost every other week at Western Beef for $0.99/lb. but they didn't ripen properly -- lacked that requisite honey sweetness. The best I've happened upon so far was from a street produce guy on the UES for $1.50/lb., the uniform rate among street produce guys, except some midtown who sell it for $1.25/lb.
Will report back when I've tried my luck uptown.