Monday, July 5, 2010

MELON ID PLEASE

I just took a turn around the garden to see what had happened since I left Thursday. My one and only melon had unhooked itself from the stem. Now, this usually means ready to eat and there is a sweet smell up close, but I have no idea which melon this is. The reticulated skin makes me think it is a cantaloupe! I picked up the plant at one of our garden meets; I believe it was at Diana's so maybe it came from Ellie. Can anyone id it for me so I know whether it might be ripe enough to cut into.

8 comments:

  1. Looks similar to one of my musk melons, kinda like a cantaloupe but more elliptical than round...

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  2. Ratdog-I just went back into the post to add that I thought it might be a cantaloupe because of its skin. Musk melon-must look that up. Does it look ripe.

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  3. We use the terms "muskmelon" and 'cantaloupe" to mean pretty much the same thing around here. Looks like it is one to me. And they do come right off the vine when ripe. Only one way to find out for sure... cut it open and see what is inside there.

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  4. Yep, that cantaloupe looks ready to be sliced open, particularly if it smells sweet. I agree, muskmelon and cantaloupe are interchangeable terms around here. Give it a try, as you can't reattach it!

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  5. I, too, came from a region where cantaloupe and musk melon were interchangeable. Doesn't really matter as far as I'm concerned--it looks ripe. If it smells like fruit, it's time to eat it.

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  6. Carol and Meredith- It will be on the menu today. thanks for the id. I'm pondering why I only have one. In the past I have had boatloads. Same deal with the cucumbers.

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  7. We just call them cantelopes here in south Florida! It looked delicious inside where you cut it open!!!!!

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  8. Wow- that looks gorgeous, Jenny. I guess we're now pretty sure both our mystery melon plants came from Laura of Some Like It Hot when we were at Diana's house, but mine doesn't look like yours. It's inside but I haven't cut it open yet!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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