In some parts of Latin America, including Cuba, papaya has the slang meaning of "pussy". In these areas of the world, the fruit is politely called frutabomba, or "cardboard fruit", to avoid this accurate but vulgar connotation.

Some hold that the fruit of knowledge in the Garden of Eden was a fig. Some say it was an apple. Having tasted all four (ahem), I insist that the delicious forbidden fruit Eve offered Adam was papaya.