Melon Madness!

Everyone loves and appreciates all variety and flavors of fruits in the summer months.  What’s not to like?  Plums, cherries, peaches, plots, nectarines, and on and on.  But what about melons?  My kids and I have been discovering all the various melons.  Each week we pick a new one to try. Noting the exterior texture and color and shape overall.  Before we cut each one we each take a guess at what color the flesh will be inside.  The best part is they’ve all been delicious.  To really make it interesting we could do a blind taste test to see if we can differentiate them.  Maybe I’ll save that as our fun and exciting days of summer turn more dull (we have a full 12 weeks this year)   Here’s what we’ve discovered and enjoyed so far.  Get your melon ballers ready!

 

Sherlynne Melon

Santa Claus Melon

 

Canary Melon

Funny thing is when we said what the melons tasted like it was mostly cantaloupes and cucumbers.  Cucumbers?  Well I explained to my kids that melons squashes and cucumbers are part of a larger family of gourds and referred to as “cucurbits”.  Melons are an excellent source of vitamin C.  Choose melons that are heavy for their size and grooves that have white or cream colored  grooves instead of green.

 

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Cantaloupe Warning/Recall – Listeria Outbreak

Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.  Listeria is most harmful to the elderly and pregnant women (as it passes thru to the fetus).  Symptoms of listeria include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms. Victims often become incapacitated and unable to speak.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths have been reported from The Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes from Jensen Farms grown in Colorado and shipped between July 29th and September 10th all across the United States.  The cases have been found in 18 states including California.  See entire article here.

 

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