We giggled over bisexual fruit. I’m still giggling a bit that someone had to show me where the male parts were. That had never happened to me before.
Our mentor kept using the word Hermaphrodite. That’s a word I was fairly certain wasn’t allowed to be spoken amongst civilized people anymore. But alas, when talking papaya, it is the only way to speak of the flowers that are both male and female. Hence our coveted Island varieties!
We eat quite a bit of papaya at our house- it has almost double the vitamin C of oranges and it’s yummy on it’s own with a little squirt of lime or as our son prefers, mashed up in oatmeal with a dollop of yogurt on top. He went through a stage when he was a baby where he only ate “orange” foods- papaya and mango were the favorites. So I was excited to learn more about this delicious fruit, but when I reading Jennifer Baumgardner’s Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, I have to admit, I was not thinking about the amazing papaya.
This, is a lovely female papaya flower. If you pulled off one of her petals, it would just look like you pulled off a petal. These smell really nice too.
So there you have it. Ideal papaya fruit producing tree has a balance of male and female parts and energies on one tree. And really, couldn’t we all strive for a bit more ying/yang, male/female balance within ourselves?
Wonder if Ms. Baumgardner puts papaya on her oatmeal too?