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Please help me eat papaya

I want to eat papaya for the health benefits. I bought one yesterday. The big kind, like eggplant size. I'm pretty sure it was ripe as it was soft to the touch, yellow with brown spots, looked like it was starting to rot a bit in places. I cut it up this morning and I really didn't like the taste. I read about the odd smell but I don't think I smelled much. It was not sweet, kind of bland with an off taste. I know I'll not be able to eat it as is.

I made a smoothie with blueberries and raspberries and a little milk. I could drink it okay but I'm going to need other suggestions as I won't want that every day. Any suggestions that might be tastier? I'm starting to think that maybe it would pair well with other tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. I still think I'm going to have to go with juicing unless somebody has a better idea.

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  1. There are a huge number of varieties of papayas. Stay away from the large ones. Find small firm yellow to red types.

    Some add seasoning. Try freshly grated nutmeg, coarse salt, minced habanero or milder.

    If you can find the hard green ones, they can be cooked like any other veggie.

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    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

      Green papayas are great in stews. They also tenderize the meat. Ripe papayas are great chilled with a squeeze of lemon.

    2. are you a man or woman?
      sorry-I don't know. yes there's a reason I'm asking.
      first buy another and have a produce person pick it out for you.
      eat it with other tropical flavors. the texture DOES throw many off and the flavor IS perfume-y. two common complaints.
      I love the stuff but also love mango pineapple guava and passion fruit. they're very good for me.....
      however our DD doesn't eat mango or papaya-she breaks out so......

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      1. re: iL Divo

        Woman. Why, is there something in my chromosomes that make me hate papaya??

        1. re: Jpan99

          why'd I know I'd get asked ?
          never mind-it pertained to men healthy beneficial

        2. re: iL Divo

          Man or woman??? What is the reason?

          1. re: iL Divo

            I'm still wondering... man or woman? what is the "reason?"

            1. re: wyogal

              Because according to the Internet it can cause miscarriages or induce a period in women and reduce sperm count in men?

          2. Squeeze some fresh lime juice onto your papaya. This really transforms it.

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            1. re: bcc

              Agree about the squeeze of lime...papaya has a distinct smell of baby sh!t..

              1. re: Beach Chick

                That's gross. I did not smell that!

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Not even close to baby shit. Dirty socks, maybe but really it's just slightly musty

                  I love. My wife hates it

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    It smells like Vomit to me, I think that our Stomachs and Papaya produce some of the same Enzymes.

                    1. re: chefj

                      I think so, too. Can't stand the stuff.

                      1. re: chefj

                        Papaya is great for the stomach and the digestive tract in general.

                  2. agree with squeezing lime. also, i realized that most papaya is imported and tastes bad. I also just read that a lot of regular papaya is GMO so if you find organic then go for it if you're concerned about GMO's. i never liked papaya until i took a trip to mexico and realized it can be good but it has to be fresh for me. Just hold your nose and eat. good luck.

                    1. In Mexico papaya is usually eaten with a good squeeze of lime and salt. Really brings out the flavor.

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                      1. re: mpad

                        Ah yes, that's how I ate it at Sanborns. Good stuff, and with jicama too.

                        1. re: BuildingMyBento

                          Even better when eaten the way I ate it growing up - with lime and *brown sugar*. Now you are talking.