Goodbye Papaya ...

roselee z8b S.W. TexasNovember 26, 2010

I guess this is "Goodbye Papaya. You were beautiful while you lasted." One source has this to say:

"Papaya is the most frost sensitive plant I have grown. Solo papayas are more sensitive than Maridols. The unprotected Solos had leaf damage even with a light frost, at approximately 32 F., several weeks before the hard freeze, but the stems were undamaged, and the emerging leaves shadowed by the larger leaves were also undamaged. Light frost did not affect the Maridols. During the hard freeze, the solos froze solid somewhere between 32 F. and 28 F. while the Maridols were fine down to 28 F. at which point they froze solid. Keeping a papaya alive below the freezing mark definitely requires coverage and a heat source."

I don't know which mine is, but either way it's a gonner. But that's okay. I knew it wouldn't last. I hope some of you who got the smaller plants from the same seeds at the swap have good luck with them. Let us know.

Click on the first site on google to check on the frost resistance of other tropical plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Frost resistance of tropical plants ...

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Try eating the green papaya like carrots in a salad. The thais love grated or julienned green papaya salad with a little lemon or lime and cilantro. I have been moving an bundling plants all day. I have a slew of green tomatoes. I gave up moving and I have three brugs out there that are toast. OH WELL>

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 2:10AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Wantonamara, your brugs may NOT be toast............a light freeze may hurt the leaves, but not the plant itself. If these are container brugs, just cut the damaged part off and put the plant inside now .......they will be fine.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 9:44AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Wow -- never had any idea you could prepare green Papayas! Might try it. Maybe try to make a cake using the recipe Plantmaven Kathy provided on the green tomato thread .. :-)


    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 11:16AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Goodbye Papaya -- HELLO carrots! I just brought one in, cut it, and tasted it. The texture and even the flavor IS a lot like carrots -- slightly sweet. Who would have thunk it? :-)

The plant really is tender. All the leaves are drooped (of course) and even the melons oozed a bit of sap. If they hadn't oozed I'd think maybe they might ripen sitting on the counter. Anyway, I'll leave a couple to do that -- just in case.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 12:11PM
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Hey, Roselee.

We make a dessert with green papaya and pineapple in Venezuela. It tastes delicious. You may want to try it. Here's the recipe in case you go for it.

Peel off about 2 lbs of papaya very well (otherwise the skin will give the dessert a very sour taste). Grate the peeled off papaya and add about 1 lb of grated pineapple, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 or five cloves, 2 cups of sugar and about one gallon of water. Simmer the mix (stirring frequently) until the papaya is cooked and the water turns into syrup. Let it cool down and chill it for 3-4 hours in the fridge. It tastes delicious alone or served with rice pudding. You can also can it and it will last for months.


    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 11:28PM
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annieinaustin(z8 Austin)

A while back we saw a lovely movie and this post reminded me of the title, Roselee - "The Scent of Green Papaya"... sounds like new adventures in cooking will be the upside of losing the tree to frost.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 5:51PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Wow -- there was a movie with green papayas in the title? And you're absolutely right Annie! Every cloud has a silver lining :-)

Thanks for your recipe Omar! I saved several green ones to try these recipes you all have so kindly provided.

Thank you!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 10:03PM
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I am trying to learn from experienced papaya growers their successful "coping with cold" strategies. I am just a 9-papaya tree wannabe grower in the second year of learning/trying. So far it seems that hard-to-protect giant trees with giant fruit are too slow to develop before killer cold hits I am trying to plant Hawaiin/smaller/easier-to-protect/quicker-to-mature-smaller-fruit papaya trees. When the expected killer cold makes it's annual visits, I've copied others' idea to encircle the lower 3-4 feet of trunk with fine-meshed wire fence and fill the inside with dried tree leaves to protect the trunk until Spring is sprung. The upper section (sadly) dies, but in the Spring the surviving trunk sends out side growth to start a new upper trunk.....Do you experienced papaya cold-copers have advice that you could help us less-accomplished with? I don't want to try to invent a new wheel, just locate those already rolling well. Thank you!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 10:38AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Carrots but different is exactly what they taste like. I bet they might last for a long time and maybe even ripen a tad. You should have keopt them and stored them like green tomatoes. I have also stirfied and used them in coconut milk based curries. Good eating.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 10:48PM
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I know this is an old thread, but I stumbled across it searching for threads on papayas in Tx. My wife is from the Philippines and there they make relishes from green papaya, peppers, etc called atchara and also use green papaya as a vegetable in soups much like chayote squash or even daikon radish, cooked in a soup it has about the same texture while imparting a very slight sweetness (If enough is used). It is also eaten, as is completely green unripened mango, with shrimp paste (Bagoong) sauteed with onions/garlic/tomatoes and sometimes hot peppers (Tabasco types) to create a salty sour acidic snack that has to be tried to be believed!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 4:42PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Stop it. LOL You're making me hungry!!! Sounds delicious.

But it reminded me to get out the seeds I save from last years store bought papaya to plant for the foliage and maybe some more green fruit.

Thanks for your input.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 5:31PM
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Roselee, I have yet to eat a ripe papaya; I've only ever eaten green--crazy, right?

They make fantastic pickling because their texture is so firm. When I was a kid on Guam they pickled sliced green papaya in soy sauce, vinegar and hot pepper or Tabasco. As an adult I shred the hardest green fruit I can find and make Thai salad with lots of lemon juice, crushed garlic, sambal (crushed hot pepper sauce), cilantro, fish sauce and a little diced tomato. It's very satisfying to chew through the julienned papaya!

Let me know if you grow another tree and have "excess" fruit you need to get rid of, lol!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 9:11AM
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