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    Not really Nica related, except that Nicaragua has papayas, but our Hicksville Papaya tree has produced a whole lotta fruit. It was about two feet tall when I planted it last fall. It survived the winter just fine, and has produced more fruit than I can count. The earliest ones are ripe so I chopped one in half and tasted some today.

    Compared to the store-bought papayas available here, this is like papaya on steroids. I fertilized the tree once or twice, kept it watered, but didn't do anything special to it, and my wife says this is how papaya is supposed to taste. I'd describe it as a vivid and complex flavor, almost tart. The color is a little darker, too.

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    You got some nice looking fruit. Save some seeds from the biggest fruit and start another one. For some reason the older the tree gets the smaller the fruit. I think sweetness increases tho. We were always told to "bleed" the rind for a couple days first. Letting the sap out is supposed to help the flavor. I think the rind is pretty high in pectic enzyme.

    And if you haven't heard the seeds are supposed to be another "superfood" . . . Good as a pepper sub tho.
    http://www.wikihow.com/Eat-Papaya-Seeds

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    We've "bled" them before, I was skeptical that it did anything but I'll try the next one.

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    I have eaten many that have been "bled" but personally I never do it. I slice them in half and use a spoon, always sure to eat a few spoon fulls of seed (Anti-Parasitic, taste like Black Pepper). One of the easiest crops to grow. You need to get some seeds for the small, round ones, much better flavor in my opinion (and I often eat 1 a day).

    If you grow one and only has flowers, chop it down and start again, some varieties only flower if Male, I keep a few around but chop the rest. I will think of the name of the one that both sexes produce but at the moment it escapes me. Real nice variety.
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    Mmmm....papaya.
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    I've never bothered to eat the seeds, I guess I'll give them a try.

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    You could dry the seeds and use them as Pepper. Papaya is a pretty handy plant, the juice from the leaves is what most meat tenderizers are based on and they say that sap is great in fighting the Mosquito Born Illnesses Supposed to be a great fruit for intestinal health. So easy to grow, don't know why everyone here does not have a tree. Grows like a weed.
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    What do you do with the leaves, dry them and grind them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    What do you do with the leaves, dry them and grind them?
    And then smoke them?

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    Jimi Hendrix, man.

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    Life in the Jungle....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookshow View Post
    Life in the Jungle....

    Ahhhh...."Life in the Jungle".....the title of your book?
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    It's on the short list.
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    Good info,,, I have never been a papaya fan except as flavor in batidos or ice cream. Too slimy for me, the actual fruit unless it catch it just right,

    But,,, the info about being super food,, and god knows the meat here desperately needs tenderizer.

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