View Full Version : Papayas = Stinky Feet Cheese
05-04-2007, 11:59 PM
Okay all you tropical fruit gurus... are papayas supposed to smell and taste like stinky feet cheese?? I don't even know what stinky feet cheese is, but that's what it smelled and tasted like. Almost lost it when I ate a chunk. I've had a couple before and they were fine so I'm wondering if it's the papaya (too ripe??) or if its me. :eek:
05-05-2007, 12:21 AM
I have only had one recently that I got from Food City. This particular one caters to the Hispanic market so I suspect that I got what they call a Mexican Papaya. It sat for almost 2 weeks before it was soft. By then it had gotten those ugly spots on the outside that people on here have assured me is normal for ripe papaya. It was OK. It was not sugary sweet. It was not the same taste of papaya that I know from dried papaya slices or from the papaya enzyme pills they used to sell. There was something bordering on unpleasant but not there yet. It was not the stinky feet smell though either. I am not so impressed with them to get one unless it is on sale.
05-05-2007, 12:39 AM
I know exactly what you mean! I have purchased Papayas in the past, and they never tasted like stinky feet, BUT there was always a certain stench to them. In my experience they never tasted how they smelt though. They always were very sweet. I used to think it was me... LOL. It's the papaya I swear! I have no idea why tho!
05-05-2007, 06:36 AM
Yes. Some have that smell...but not the taste! LOL. No worries. If it bothers you - no need to eat it.
-David Z. Mason
05-05-2007, 09:43 AM
yeah- they have a certain "thing" about them! I do not eat them straight...I always squeeze lime over them, or add some other fruit as a salad. They are very good with honeydew melon and a little mint/lime/honey dressing. The flavors seem to balance out the wierd papaya "aura"
05-05-2007, 09:44 AM
I love papaya...I'm here in So. CA so they're plentiful and I've yet to understand the posts that say they're stinky or I've also read 'musty'...so it may be one of those things that are an acquired taste (smell?)...
Since I've been raw, gee, 8 months today, I'm eating so many things that never really crossed my mind as being wonderful...I just had a smoothie of 4 oranges and half an avocado....delicious!!!...My SAD friends cringe at some of my new foods and combinations....
Oh, some people put lemon on their papaya but if it doesn't taste good too many wonderful other fruits to eat....
05-05-2007, 10:32 AM
So I guess it wasn't just me. I've smelled that smell before, though MUCH fainter and totally tolerable. THis one was ... nauseating. I almost made pudding out of it, which was my intention, but I didn't want to risk wasting the bananas, too.
This was a Mexican papaya, and quite large.
Makes me think twice about ever trying a durian...:eek:
05-05-2007, 05:02 PM
If all else fails....
I have heard that they are FANTASTIC for your skin : )
05-06-2007, 11:47 AM
I've had some that were just delicious and some there so were not! The good ones I've enjoyed with lime juice or put the fruit into a blender with other fruits for a sweeter version adding especially some berries.
The price has been so high here for them the past few years that I've only bought maybe one each year and this year maybe none at all, they are around $6.00 at the lowest price and if it isn't good I sure don't want to waste the money!
05-06-2007, 02:02 PM
rotflmao!!! ahhahaaaaaa!!! Stinky feet cheese!!! :D
I dunno but I don't think I would have eaten that papaya!! Sounds like it was either some kind of strange mainland mutant papaya or it was just baaaad!! :p
I have learned that papayas are an acquired taste - I always found that odd (but then again - I grew up eating them). Rarely - I have smelled an oddly different 'ripe-ness' to them when we have allowed them to get overly ripe... more a musty scent -- but - (thank goodness) not to the point of stinky feet cheese!! Good thing too cuz I'd probably make dh go wash his feet before I would blame the papaya!! LOL!!
and Yes - some do put lime on their papayas - gives it a good kick if you want a different sweet/tart twist to it. I like that once in a while.
I hope you find a papaya that doesn't remind you of stinky feet cheese! ;)
05-10-2007, 11:51 PM
...durian, yes! absolutely!!
...papaya, nope. at least not yet ; )
05-11-2007, 05:51 AM
Papayas always have tasted like Flintstone vitamins to me. :)
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