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Papayas on the cheap

sequins Mar 24, 2009 03:13 PM

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....

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  1. thegirlnextdoor RE: sequins Mar 24, 2009 07:59 PM

    Chinatown. Check out the produce stands on Mott St.

    1. EmoryJ RE: sequins Mar 24, 2009 08:07 PM

      They sell them cheap on 116th street too...in the Mexican markets around Lex. and 3rd.....also on the street around 137th and Broadway...

      1. sequins RE: sequins Jun 17, 2009 09:17 PM

        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.

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