A seedless papaya? No, worse, a papaya with three seeds? What the heck is going on? I realize people have been working on seedless watermelons (ever wonder how they grow more?) but I never saw a near seedless papaya beforeâ€¦ Papaya has always struck me as an â€œolder personâ€™sâ€ fruitâ€¦kinda like breakfast and prunes, get my drift? My parents always used to eat these humongous slices of papaya but before they did, squeezed copious amounts of calamansi juice and teaspoons of sugar to improve the taste. I was never a papaya fan. However, my wife seems to be and for the past two years she has been buying these incredibly consistent solo papayas by Dole grown in Davao and sold at Pricesmart. They ripen nicely and have been terrific and I have grown to like them. I gave up on market papayas because they were so inconsistent. That is, until the other day, when I spied solo sized papayas labeled â€œred.â€ My mom always used to say red papayas were the best so I decided to purchase one and see for myself.
After two days of ripening and feeling just right, I sliced open the papaya and was shocked to find just three seeds inside! Normally, the cavity is filled with larger than but reminiscent of caviar blobs of black seeds. This papaya was clean inside and there were just 3 seeds! Now, some research suggests I havenâ€™t the foggiest clue about papayas. Papaya (Carica papaya) is believed to be native to Central America and has spread throughout the tropics. It is a giant herb and NOT a TREE. It also seems to have some strange sexual habits with female, male, hermaphrodyte or bisexual trees, different shaped fruit based on sex, etc. Sorry, I wasnâ€™t that interested so I didnâ€™t dig further. Suffice it to say the seedless papaya was a bit unusual. How did it taste â€“ about a C+, thatâ€™s allâ€¦ Iâ€™m back to the Pricesmart papayas, thank you.