More Melon Mania

What can I say? Sometimes alliteration just gets the best of me.

So I was out wandering around the garden this morning, when I noticed that our ‘Honey Bun’ cantaloupe was looking decidedly riper than it had just 2 days ago. After another loop around the garden, I went closer to see how the stem looked – if it was ready to “slip” or not. To my surprise, I found the melon already completely detached from the vine! Sure enough, the stem had pulled off completely. That makes this melon literally “falling off the vine ripe.” Since a melon doesn’t take kindly to sitting out in the hot sun, boiling from the inside out, it has now been added to the menu for Lunch in the Garden tomorrow, along with the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. Yum! (By the way, I think Lunch in the Garden will actually be Lunch in the Ingle Room tomorrow. Even I have limits of what I’ll tolerate!)

Here’s the stem end of the melon. You can see that there is a well defined dish where the stem was attached, showing that it really was ripe and not just pulled off early. The spot in the center is actually a little cavity into the melon itself, which is rather strange. I don’t know if that is an abnormality of this particular variety or something else weird happening. It definitely isn’t normal.

From the inside, you can see that it is thoroughly ripe. The rind is narrow, which is good. The seed cavity is a little bit bigger than ideal, but not terrible. Of course, what really counts is the flavor. I would call it good, but not great. It doesn’t lack flavor, but it isn’t as sweet as I think a really good melon should be. It is entirely possible that we have been watering too much, preventing the development of the best possible flavor.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 12, 2010, in Around the Garden, Harvesting & Eating and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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