Yes, I think it's an acquired taste, Kevin, but it's one of my very favorite tropical fruits. I make a delicious papaya salad with avocado. I make my own home made salad dressing for it. Family adores it. I will only use the Solo papaya. I don't care for the Mexican papayas at all. The Solo (or Hawaiian, as they are often marketed in the supermarkets) is very, very sweet and tasty. It does have a particular aftertaste that some don't care for, but I just love it. Yes, it does need to be ripe. I am going to try to grow one (again) right up against my south-facing wall of windows. It needs lots of heat, VERY VERY frost tender, and does not like cool winter rainy soil. Which is the exact weather we have here. So, I'll have to put plastic down over the roots, and also spray the trunks with a fungicide. I am also going to pre-treat the soil with either Agrifos or Kocide 300, as well. It is very, very susceptible to a type of Phytophthora, that causes rapid root rot, and catastrophic failure. If it will grow, this is the spot.