While wandering through the Clyde Farmers Market this past Saturday, I spotted these beauties:
Never heard of them!
The local farmer who grows these fragrant specimens informed me that in Victorian times, people carried a smaller, non-edible version of the tiger melon in their pocket as a form of perfume.
(Those smelly Victorians. What will they think of next?)
Picking up a melon (they are about the size of a softball), I brought it to my nose and inhaled.
With just one sniff I was sold. After paying for my tiger melon, I walked around with it glued to my nose for the remainder of the morning. I was enjoying the sweet, floral aroma so much, in fact, that I almost didn’t want to ruin it by eating it.
I said “almost”…
Interesting! I wasn’t expecting the flesh to be so pale.
I took a bite.
And then another.
So juicy! Its flavor and texture was a cross between a cantaloupe and a pear–very refreshing.
The local farmer’s wife informed me that a scoop of ice cream in the center of a tiger melon made the perfect summer dessert. Hmm, I’ll have to try that with my next one…
(Hey, I can’t eat a tiger melon without making tiger face!)
For more information on our talented, tiger-melon-growing farmers visit their website at www.crossroadsranchtx.com. (I double-dog dare you to sign up for their newsletter, too!)
If your are in the area, please stop by the Clyde Farmers Market. We’d love to have ya! Check out our Facebook page at Clyde Texas, Inc. for more photos and information.
Have a terrrrrrific Tuesday!