A while back, Alicia wrote to ask us if we thought the papaya she bought was rotten.She said it had a foul smell and seemed to be rotten.Well we wrote back to hopefully set Alicia’s mind at ease.While the smell may be bad, if the papaya is not overly soft and squishy, has no dark spots and obvious bruising on the flesh, then the odds are the papaya is/was just fine.
Many people find the smell of a ripe papaya very foul.I personally find it smells a bit like a pine-vomit kind of smell (sorry for that!).This has always thrown me off because the fruit itself does not taste like that.How can something that smells so bad taste so yummy?We simply cannot explain it.I can say that I find the scent of mango to be a bit “foul” as well.
Please tell us what you think the papaya smells like.Were you surprised by the smell and happily relieved that the taste was far better than the smell?Ok, if you think we’re smell-wackos and the papaya smells delightful, let us know that too!
Be sure to visit our page devoted to Papaya.This page contains recipes, hints and instructions for cutting a papaya and even nutritional values!