Here we are again, in the abundance of summer Community Supported Agriculture world, where all of a sudden a fruit or vegetable dominates your weekly allocation. These past two weeks? Melons.
All sort of melons.
Last week there were three of them. This week, four. YES, FOUR!!!!
Those melons in the picture above included an heirloom cantaloupe. A “modern” cantaloupe. A yellow seedless watermelon.
As for the difference between heirloom and modern cantaloupe. Just a touch different in terms of acidity.
And, a soft fragile rind.
I remember from my childhood, only having cantaloupe in the summer. Getting them fresh from the fields on the way to or from the ocean. Maryland Eastern Shore cantaloupes. They were a breakfast treat. Sliced into quarters. Sprinkled with salt.
Now, we get more creative with melon. I have become enamored of this recipe lately. It is very similar to my watermelon, feta and mint salad, but with a more complex dressing.
As for what we are doing with this week’s watermelon. I am thinking melon margaritas, if the weather stays this hot.
This week’s basket included four melons. A French Chanterais. An heirloom cantaloupe. A “baby doll” watermelon. A regular cantaloupe.
Anyone have other ideas for what to do with all this melon?