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Old 08-07-2007, 04:47 PM
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Does papaya always taste like ass?

While recently in Hong Kong, I thought I would branch out and try some exotic produce I hadn't yet had. So I bought a papaya. I took it home, eagerly anticipating a novel taste treat--only to discover that it tasted like it had been marinated in day-old road kill. "Okay," I think, "I'll just chalk this one up to inexperience in selecting papayas." Now I am in the Boston area. A couple of days ago, I notice that the local Stop 'n' Shop has half papayas on sale. So I buy one thinking, "This one will no doubt be better." Again, a dining experience ensues which is reminiscent of a meal the Beverly Hillbillies might have had during their drive west. So what gives? Bad luck? Do I have the rare, dominant "papaya tastes like ass" gene? Or does papaya always taste awful?
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:54 PM
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Yes.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:00 PM
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I love papaya - I used to grow it in my yard in Hawaii. Some people put lime juice on it.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:13 PM
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I love papaya - I used to grow it in my yard in Hawaii. Some people put lime juice on it.
Ah yes, but you see, that was the trick. It was Hawaiian papaya. That is hands down the best papaya I've ever had. It's smaller than the variety grown in Thailand, which is quite large. The stuff we have here I would not say tastes like ass, but it is often flavorless. Hawaiian papaya is the best I've ever found.

Pineapple, too.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:36 PM
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Pineapple, too.
Tastes like dump cake?
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:45 PM
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Tastes like dump cake?
No, tastes like feet.

Nah, just kidding. Hawaiian pineapple is sweeter than what I've found over here.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:03 PM
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If the papaya you had in Hong Kong tasted like ass, I can't imagine what your reaction to Durian would've been.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:03 PM
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No, but ass tastes remarkably like papaya.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:25 PM
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Yes, papaya tastes like ass. It used to grow in my yard in Hawaii. And it's ass. I just don't understand papaya at all.
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:42 PM
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:47 PM
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Wait until you try the papaya risotto
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:54 PM
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Well, it's good to know I'm not a freak. Or if I am, my dislike of papaya is not symptomatic thereof. (Maybe SnakesCatLady is the freak, since she has this inexplicable liking for papaya. )
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:17 PM
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Your first papaya was in Hong Kong. This fruit is not grown commercially there and probably was picked and shipped in from Thailand or Malaysia several days before. Old papayas taste like ass.

Your second papaya was in Boston. You can imagine when that fruit was actually picked.

If you want a really good papaya, go to a farmers market in Hawaii and eat one. Not everyone likes them, but by trying a really fresh one, you'll give papayas a true taste test.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:19 PM
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Your first papaya was in Hong Kong. This fruit is not grown commercially there and probably was picked and shipped in from Thailand or Malaysia several days before. Old papayas taste like ass.

Your second papaya was in Boston. You can imagine when that fruit was actually picked.

If you want a really good papaya, go to a farmers market in Hawaii and eat one. Not everyone likes them, but by trying a really fresh one, you'll give papayas a true taste test.
There, you see? There's some wonderful fruit in Thailand and Malaysia, some I'd never even heard of or seen let alone tasted until I came over here, but no one beats Hawaii for fresh papaya.

And pineapple. Although ... I've heard they don't grow pineapple in Hawaii any more. The big companies moved operations over here, because of cheaper costs? Can that be that true??
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Old 08-09-2007, 06:26 PM
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And pineapple. Although ... I've heard they don't grow pineapple in Hawaii any more. The big companies moved operations over here, because of cheaper costs? Can that be that true??
Still lots of pineapple grown in Hawaii.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:40 PM
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Wait until you try the papaya risotto
Mmmmm...risottolingus
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:18 AM
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Wait until you try the papaya risotto
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:19 PM
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It's really good dried/candied
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:29 AM
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It's really good dried/candied
Agreed. Cantaloupe is pretty good that way too, although I found it a bit too sweet.
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:58 PM
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It's really good dried/candied

Which?
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:30 PM
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It's really good dried/candied
Is this the source of the term "candy ass"?
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:33 PM
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Papaya is such a cruel joke. It looks delicious and tropicaltastic, yet always tastes like baby diapers.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:20 PM
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I have enjoyed sweet dried red papaya in the past, but I hated a green (unripe?) marinated papaya salad I had at a Vietnamese restaurant. Didn't taste like ass, but sure didn't taste good.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:37 PM
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Papaya with lime juice is about three times better than plain papaya. But even then it's not great. I mean, you think papaya should be playing in the same league as mango, but it's not even on the same continent. Mango is sublime, papaya is...."meh".
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:38 PM
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I forgot to mention. I believe papayas are everywhere in the tropics not because they're so good but because papaya trees are so goddam prolific. One little tree about 8 feet tall will have 10 gigantic papayas ripening.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:06 PM
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I've never liked papayas, even though in my country of origin they are grown and eaten regularly. My mom loves them, though. To me, papaya tastes slimy and disgusting. Oh, well, there's no accounting for taste.
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:23 AM
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And how is it you know what "ass" tastes like?
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:49 AM
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And how is it you know what "ass" tastes like?
and how is it that you don't?


All joking aside, since papaya seems to be getting no support, I must say I love papaya. The fruit is very sensitive, though. It happens often that the fruit doesn't ripen all the same time, so you have green, ripe and rotten parts in the same fruit. The person cutting it must really know what he is doing, in that case.

Also, they have to ripen in the tree, and they don't last long after that. Store bought papayas, especially in places where they are not grown, are sure to disappoint.

If you really want to hate papayas, wait until you try them on location, from a local.

As said, lime juice does wonders for it. Papaya juice with lemon is heavenly. Also a papaya milkshake with cinnamon. Candied green papaya (dulce de lechosa) is so good, that even the lamest canned varieties are good. That is easy to find in latino supermarkets.

And I remember green papaya used in Thai dishes, but for that I will wait for someone who knows what he is talking about.
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:06 AM
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I was ready to retort no, but then in the UK Tescos sell them prepacked with a lime, so I can't really comment.
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:07 AM
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There's an awesome Thai green papaya salad called somtam. That's really the best thing I took away from three years of studying the Thai language You shred your green papaya and add stuff - my teacher had a restaurant and her recipe basically involved minced birdseye chilis, lime juice in quantity, palm sugar, fish sauce, and crushed peanuts on top. Man, that was good. I still get cravings for it.
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:19 AM
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If you really want to hate papayas, wait until you try them on location, from a local.
I agree. Then you can throw it straight back in the grower's face.
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:41 PM
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And how is it you know what "ass" tastes like?
I'm culinarily adventuresome.
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:54 PM
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And how is it you know what "ass" tastes like?
I think most people who have been sexually active for a while and aren't totally squeamish prudes know what ass tastes like.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:21 AM
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I think most people who have been sexually active for a while and aren't totally squeamish prudes know what ass tastes like.
I don't... but I think I'll learn with a papaya.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:36 AM
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I think most people who have been sexually active for a while and aren't totally squeamish prudes know what ass tastes like.
So anyone who hasn't eaten stool is a totally squeamish prude. Got it.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:58 AM
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So anyone who hasn't eaten stool is a totally squeamish prude. Got it.
Uh, wow. I now know a lot more about your hygiene than I wanted to. Some of us don't have stool-encrusted asses, thanks. For example, some of us bathe.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:31 AM
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So anyone who hasn't eaten stool is a totally squeamish prude. Got it.
I am speechless. (not that I have ever let that stop me from posting anyways).

Does a nose taste like boogers? your partner's just showered genitalia like pee? A kiss like yesterday's chawarma?

Have your school organize a trip to Walgreen's, my friend.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:38 AM
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So anyone who hasn't eaten stool is a totally squeamish prude. Got it.
Having never tried it either way, even I know what they're talking about in this thread is called "analingus". What you're trying to describe there is "coprophagia" -- an entirely different thing.
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:41 AM
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Papaya is more of an ingredient than a food in itself. A little lime juice, olive oil, red onion, some marjarom, and it's perfectly enjoyable.
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:22 AM
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I thought I was the only one. It looks great in the bowl, doesn't it? You think it is going to be juicy and sweet, but then: ass.

At least durian smells like it tastes. You have fair warning and if you still eat it, you have no one but yourself to blame.
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:18 AM
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Wait, are we talking paw-paw here? Man, I love that stuff. How can you have a fruit salad without paw-paw?
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:03 AM
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Wait, are we talking paw-paw here? Man, I love that stuff. How can you have a fruit salad without paw-paw?
I don't know. What we call pawpaw here in the Midwest perhaps rest of the US is not papaya, although it bears some superficial resemblance to it.
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So, what's with all the papaya stands in every other streetcorner in Manhattan? Do they grow them in greenhouses there? Fresh daily shipments from Hawaii? New Yorkers like the taste of ass? Something else?

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Old 08-09-2007, 02:52 PM
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So, what's with all the papaya stands in every other streetcorner in Manhattan? Do they grow them in greenhouses there? Fresh daily shipments from Hawaii? New Yorkers like the taste of ass? Something else?
They're not "papaya stands"; they sell hot dogs

The name derives from the vaguely papaya-based fruit juice drink you can get with your 'dog, but there's a half dozen other options as well. Fresh pineapple juice, or pina colada juice, are the best IMHO.
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Old 08-09-2007, 04:34 AM
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I don't know. What we call pawpaw here in the Midwest perhaps rest of the US is not papaya, although it bears some superficial resemblance to it.
What I can see in the Wiki article looks like what I'd call paw-paw, down to the mass of black seeds in the middle cavity. Certainly nothing like this description .
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:28 AM
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You're eating it from the wrong end.
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Old 08-08-2007, 09:23 AM
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I'd say it tastes more like vomit than ass.

But I still love it.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:43 AM
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I'd say it tastes more like vomit than ass.

But I still love it.
Same here. I never really had papaya until I vacationed in Mexico, and I distinctly noted the vomit taste and smell. I still loved it, though, like "wow, this is delicious...too bad someone barfed on it."

I got some the other day that tasted strongly like maple syrup. Papaya, vomit, and maple syrup. Weirdly enough, the maple syrup taste grossed me out more than the vomit taste.
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:40 PM
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I'd say it tastes more like vomit than ass.

But I still love it.
I agree. Seems like the ones I've been getting lately smell like vomit. But I like them with lime juice or lemon juice.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:31 AM
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Does papaya always taste like ass?
After using, but before eating, remember to rinse your papaya well.
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