There is a company I sometimes order from, NutsOnline.com, that has dried mango and papaya that are "natural", not soaked in sugar syrup. The papaya they sell is especially nice; after soaking it is just like fresh. And because the fruits are dried where they are produced, they are much sweeter and riper than the fruits that have to be shipped.
Thanks for the suggestion! I might try dried papaya, that's a good idea.
It's odd, but recently we have been getting very good fresh mangos here! (Imported from Mexico; I think Florida too?) Perhaps the dearth of papaya is because many people, like me, are not yet familiar with it so it's not a big seller. Yet.
One advantage to the "Superfoods" concept, as I see it, is that it makes certain foods like blueberries for example, fashionable and they get promoted a lot. People start eating more of them, and the price comes down, more widely available, etc. I suppose this doesn't hurt anything really. We could have new 'superfoods' each year, like the award-winning fruits and vegetables of 2010! I think this just helps SAD people focus a little more on natural foods than they would otherwise.