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Allfrog68 May 12, 2013 10:32 AM

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?

  1. weezieduzzit May 12, 2013 11:17 AM

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

    1. goodhealthgourmet May 12, 2013 06:25 PM

      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
        ipsedixit May 12, 2013 06:38 PM

        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.

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          Allfrog68 May 12, 2013 09:14 PM

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

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        Allfrog68 May 12, 2013 09:15 PM

        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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          goodhealthgourmet May 13, 2013 09:45 AM

          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!

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          janeh May 12, 2013 09:16 PM

          Compost!

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            ricepad May 14, 2013 11:48 AM

            Feed 'em to the chickens.

            1. scubadoo97 May 14, 2013 08:11 PM

              cut it into cubes and freeze for making smoothies.

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                roro808 Jul 11, 2013 02:16 AM

                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.

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