Thursday, September 23, 2010
Can you tell which one of these melons is cantaloupe and which is musk melon? Today we gave some shares Delicious 51 which is a musk melon (although commonly referred to as cantaloupe here in the states) and some shares got Sivan which is a cantaloupe (commonly referred to as a charentais here in the states). They're tricky to tell apart, but the give away is the stem end. The Delicious stems slip off when they are ripe so there is no remains of the stem, and the Sivan don't so there's a stub of a cut stem. We harvested the Sivan a bit under-ripe - at this point they're totally edible and have good flavor, but they will soften a little on the counter and give off amazing melon scent from their butt end when they are ripe (no joke). The Delicious are ripe, but neither is especially sweet this season due to the cool, wet weather. Oh well, maybe next year.
Happy end of summer, see you next week in the fall.