What does Papaya taste like?

My wife and I were at the grocery store yesterday to pick up some fruits and vegetables for a day’s worth of juicing and noticed a papaya for sale.

Having seen numerous YouTubers and Instagram influencers like Ellen Fisher serving papaya for breakfast more often than not, we were intrigued and in a “trying new fruit mood” so we spent $7 and brought it home.


Before cutting the fruit open, we decided to Google what they actually tasted like; the flavor results were all over the place.

Some said it tasted sweet like cantaloupe mixed with sweet potatoes. Others said it tasted like feet. Michael said these responses reminded him of the time he tasted Durian fruit for the first time lol

Were we going to taste a good papaya or a gross one?

The papaya weighed around 5 lbs, was slightly soft, and green/yellow on the outside. From our experience buying fruit for years, we thought we grabbed a papaya that was nice-and-ripe.

After eating lunch, we decided to cut it open. At first sniff, it smelled rotten. Our first thoughts were, “is it too ripe?” and “did we get a bad one?” but we continued to scoop out the seeds and took our first bites.

Not but TWO seconds later, we were spitting out the fruit into the trash. Gross!!

We posted our thoughts to Instagram and not surprisingly, many people had mixed feelings.


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Our Life Goals

Our ultimate goals in life are to have kids, have a house with fruit trees and garden, and to live in an area that’s bright, warm, and colorful. Our dream place is Hawaii and if we’re going to live in Hawaii (hopefully in the near future), we NEED to enjoy these exotic fruits.

We’re going to take these comments as a sign that we didn’t eat the fruit correctly and we’re planning on trying another one in the near future with their suggestions.

What Are the Benefits of Eating Papaya?

  • very high in antioxidants
  • great source of vitamins A, C, and E
  • may reduce the risk of heart disease

According to WebMD, “The antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. When cholesterol oxidizes, it’s more likely to create blockages that lead to heart disease.”


Can You Eat Papaya Seeds?

Of course! Michael put one in his mouth before trying the actual fruit and spit it out because of its peppery flavor. It had the same consistency of pomegranate seeds but wasn’t sweet at all!

Some benefits of eating papaya seeds are:

  • they’re highly nutritious
  • contain essential micronutrients
  • full of antioxidants
  • fight disease-causing free radicals
  • loaded with fiber
  • can help fight infection
  • promotes healthy kidney function

So if this article left you feeling like you MAY want to try papaya fruit at some time in the future, make sure to take in a spoonful of seeds!

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About Michael Johnson

I'm not your typical social-media guy. I don't have washboard abs, I don't live on a beach, and I don't always eat a smoothie bowl for breakfast. However, I love sharing insights & tips for those interested in going plant-based!

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