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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.
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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?
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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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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    Something made me think of papaya, and searched it here and found this old post. 1 yr I had got some imported seeds from an NGO, believe LCT muled them, think the species was Red Lady, was a dwarf tree and far superior to anything else available. Costenas are hard to figure, will buy a papaya shipped from MGA but not this grown on the land, I had Papaya like rice, more pig food.

    If I ever keep pigs again I will plant papaya, is 1 of the easiest things to grow on the Coast, no maintenance.
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    Ours has some now, not very big yet.

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    Papaya is 1 of those things that makes me scratch my head, why does every house on the Coast not have 1 or 2 trees, not an ugly plant and if you decide against it is easy to cut down, is free and easy food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookshow View Post
    Papaya is 1 of those things that makes me scratch my head, why does every house on the Coast not have 1 or 2 trees, not an ugly plant and if you decide against it is easy to cut down, is free and easy food.
    For the proliferation of the trees and the ease to grow it is always amazed me that Nica's don't eat more of it. It is much more popular in other LatAm countries. But as my wife says "smells like feet". I love papaya and if available will eat copious amounts, but I go the Mexican route and put lime and sugar on it. Good stuff.

    Nica's just don't eat the amount of fruit that the could/should. Also vegetables, much arroz. Best Spinach I have ever seen/eaten in my life was in Nicaragua, came from up north somewhere and was just gorgeous, tasted incredible. Lady that sold it said she got it for a couple of the hotels in MGA, but not consistently because they didn't use too much of it and didn't want to pay for it.

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    For that matter, Americans could grow their own fruit trees and berries and more, but I guess are too lazy?

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    1 thing good that came out of Covid was lots of people were stuck at home and planted a few things. Some of my Gardening friends were having a hard time getting seeds this Spring due to the demand.

    I have told all my Nica Friends to start planting anything they can, it may make difference in quality of life in the next yr.
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    I watch all sorts of crazy FB pgs and you would be amazed at what some people have done with 1/4 acre (or less) city lot, growing tons of food, raising a few chickens or rabbits.

    Big gardens, fruit trees, you name it.
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