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Kids convinced Dad to buy papaya. The kind they got is the semi-gross tasting kind. Can I make a cake or muffins with these? Any other way to salvage 4 papayas?

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  1. Its a common ingredient in meat tenderizer so I'd use it in a marinade.

    1. The kind they got is the semi-gross tasting kind.
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      Not sure which variety qualifies as "semi-gross" to you. The red/orange-fleshed ones are papaya, the smaller yellow-fleshed fruits are actually pawpaw.

      Have you ever enjoyed papaya? Many people think it smells and tastes pretty nasty, and I suspect it has a genetic basis similar to the cilantro-tasting phenomenon because there's a general consensus among papaya haters regarding what it tastes like.

      Having said that, papaya isn't really ripe until it gets to the point where you think it's on the verge of spoiling. If there's a chance it's just not ripe yet, use it in savory dishes like Tom Sum (Thai green papaya salad) or a spicy salsa. You can also dice/cube and toss into the blender with other fruits, yogurt & some ice for smoothies.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Not sure which variety qualifies as "semi-gross" to you. The red/orange-fleshed ones are papaya, the smaller yellow-fleshed fruits are actually pawpaw.

        Have you ever enjoyed papaya? Many people think it smells and tastes pretty nasty, and I suspect it has a genetic basis similar to the cilantro-tasting phenomenon because there's a general consensus among papaya haters regarding what it tastes like.
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        Ditto this.

        Lots of folks think ripe papayas taste like rotten fruit.

        To me, it's like a beautiful combo of mangoes and cantaloupe.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I think I've had some in Hawaii that were really good. Maybe it is an issue of ripeness.

      2. So far I ended pureeing one of the papayas. I used it as a substitute for applesauce for some carrot muffins I was baking. I think it worked out ok. Still interested in other ideas. Wondering if I made a quick bread if the vomit flavor might go away.

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        1. re: Allfrog68

          Wondering if I made a quick bread if the vomit flavor might go away.
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          You said the magic word - most people who dislike papaya compare it to vomit (or one other thing related to the body that I won't mention here). I think you may just not really like papaya!

        2. Compost!

          1. Feed 'em to the chickens.

            1. cut it into cubes and freeze for making smoothies.

              1. Unfortunately, papayas (from Hawaii) were grown from GMO seeds. Since they pick them before maturity, it does not develop its sweetness. The best way to use the semi-gross tasting is to make smoothie or blenderize it with yoghurt (lassie) and add some sugar and lemon or lime. That will save it.