Anyway, the story reminded me of the papaya, of course. When was the last time you had a papaya? Do you know what it looks like? How to find a ripe one? And do you know what to do with one?
I read somewhere that babies like the taste of papaya because it is so mild in its flavor and that it's very easy to eat. So off I went to find a ripe papaya. A ripe papaya's skin is more yellow than it is green. Unlike a melon, you can't really smell a ripe papaya unless it's overripe. Slice it open lengthwise and you uncover hundreds of small black round seeds - just simply scoop them out and the remove the flesh from the skin with a spoon. It comes out gracefully. For our little girl, I puree the flesh and she eats it just like that. It is mild, indeed. It has a melon-like texture but is less sweet than a ripe cantaloupe. It's less flavorful than that, too. But it's delightful and if you puree it, you can spread it over grilled fish or use the chunks in a smoothie. You can serve it over grilled chicken or even steak or pork! Heck...try it with whatever you like - just the way it is.
"The Parrot Tico-Tango had a round yellow mango when he spied the papaya from his friend Soraya and he knew he had to have it, too, so he swiped it!"