Archive for June, 2008

I am made of papaya.

June 6, 2008

papaya cross-sections

I used to like papayas. Now, I’m starting to think I love papayas. I bought one a week ago after stumbling across a papaya-ginger smoothie recipe. The smoothie never got made, however, because I ended up eating the whole fruit for lunch. That was not my original intention — I was just going to eat half, make something else for lunch, and save the rest for the smoothie. But I was so hungry and it was so good and…

Gorging myself on papaya made me feel great. I don’t know what it was. I was full of cool, refreshing contentedness. I immediately bought three more papayas — another big one (a “Caribbean Red”) and two smaller ones.

There was not a big difference between the two varieties I purchased (don’t worry, I didn’t eat all three in one sitting). The smaller ones were sweeter and more flavorful, and the big one was more watery and mild. Papayas are interesting in that there’s not even a hint of tartness. Their flavor is subtle and complements the soft, smooth texture very well. I find them unrelentingly easy to eat.

It’s hard to tell when papayas are at the perfect ripeness. In fact, I was waiting a few days for them to ripen before I decided to just take my chances with one of the small ones. Turns out it was perfect, even though I thought it would be a bit under-ripe. Sometimes you just have to take a chance. This papaya ripeness chart here seems to confirm that there’s always a bit of guesswork involved. Oh well.

I guess I’ll have to pay a bit more attention to papaya varieties in the future. Maybe I can find the perfect one.