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    Green Papaya

    Rinshinomori
    Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:41 pm
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    I watched the scent of green papaya and was quite taken with the dripping milky nectar coming from cut surface of stem.

    This got me thinking. I can buy green papaya here in my local neighborhood store, but I wonder how hard it is for most Americans to find something like this. How about in other areas outside of US? I know that it's not anything that can be easily found in Japan, but I do know of areas to buy this there too in Tokyo.

    After watching the movie I am craving green papaya salad. I found it very interesting how green papaya was cut in thin julienne pieces in the movie too. I normally use the Japanese shredder, julienne, slicer combo.
    Leggy Peggy
    Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:33 am
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    Green papaya is reasonably easy to get in Canberra.
    We have a lot of Asian markets.
    duonyte
    Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:05 am
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    I can get it readily in the suburban areas of Chicago - west and northwest. Lots of Asian markets.

    I've enjoyed it for some time, but I'll never forget how a friend of mine got turned on to it. We were on a business trip to Florida, got in the night before and went to a Thai restaurant for dinner. I convinced him to try a green papaya salad, and he fell in love. He questioned the waiter about it, and we learned that there was an Asian market next door. So we quickly finished eating and went next door and he bought the cutter that makes the nice julienned shreds and a whole bunch of other things.

    He calls me his most expensive lunch date, because another time we went out to lunch and I was telling him about my new rice cooker and he ended up buying one as well as the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. Of course, he's returned the favor - I've ended up with new bbq stuff. He and his wife are BBQ fiends - she is a master judge at cook-offs and he is a participant,
    Member #610488
    Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:07 pm
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    I can order it thru the local Safeway store. I live in a very military community so they are always ordering exotic stuff. Most of the time they over order the fruit and put the excess out on the shelves, in a day or two its all gone. I also have access to the Asian markets over in the Seattle area.
    Rinshinomori
    Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:35 pm
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    icon_biggrin.gif Very cool that many of you can find green papayas in your local areas. My local Safeway or Nobhill do not carry it. I have to go to Asian markets for it.

    Have you used green papaya in cooking besides salads? I'm finding cucumbers too are used in Chinese cooking. Here in the West and in Japan, cucumbers are thought of as salad or sandwich items only.
    Member #610488
    Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:44 pm
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    Rinshinomori wrote:
    icon_biggrin.gif Very cool that many of you can find green papayas in your local areas. My local Safeway on Nobhill does not carry it. I have to go to Asian markets for it.


    Well, that might be the reason they don't carry it. Too much competition in your area so they can't charge the high prices those of us who live in the middle of no where have to pay to get these items. As popular as Asian food is now, people are willing to pay almost anything for the ingredients.
    Member #610488
    Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:50 pm
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    In Thai cuisine, Thai salads - som tam and Thai curries - kaeng som

    In Indonesian cuisine, lalab salad and Minahasan papaya flower vegetable dish

    Papayas have a relatively high amount of pectin, which can be used to make jellies.

    I've only had the salad but now I want to find the recipes for these and give them a try.
    Leggy Peggy
    Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:44 pm
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    I love papaya salad. Haven't used it in other ways YET!
    katie6789
    Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:24 am
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    I love papaya salad as well as papaya shake. It is very rich and tasty.
    Member #610488
    Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:42 am
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    Celticevergreen wrote:
    In Thai cuisine, Thai salads - som tam and Thai curries - kaeng som

    In Indonesian cuisine, lalab salad and Minahasan papaya flower vegetable dish

    Papayas have a relatively high amount of pectin, which can be used to make jellies.

    I've only had the salad but now I want to find the recipes for these and give them a try.


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