July 28th, 2008

Learning to pick melons again.

The first test melons are ripe – almost, anyway. Melons are a summer delight, but each year I have to relearn all the techniques for determining when to pick. Yesterday I picked three Hannah’s Choice cantaloupes, including one ugly one for tasting. The other two went to customers – with the suggestion to allow a day or two at room temperature. Mine had an almost floral flavor, but sweetness had not yet developed.

The watermelon I nearly picked three days ago was still disappointing today. I couldn’t find a pale ground spot. No help there. Finger tapping resulted in a sound less sharp than the others. And the nearest tendril was drying nicely – a sure sign! Or not. Still a bit pale inside. Tastes like watermelon. But not sweet – oops! This one will go in the blender with ice and maybe a splash of tequila. Not such a bad thing after all…

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