Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The Muskmelons Are Ripe
So this year I ordered muskmelon seeds from Shumways', started them in small pots, and then transplanted them into the garden. They took off, sprawling all over their bed and encroaching on the neighboring peppers. I looked at our numerous melons and asked Herb, "How will I know when they're ripe?" I kept craning my nose down as close to them as I could get, trying to see if they smelled ripe and thumping them to see if they sounded hollow. Once I thought one was ripe and brought it inside, but when we ate it, it seemed a bit lacking in flavor. So I waited . . .
I cut up the damaged ones and froze them in chunks, and we're eating the rest. We brought in another one today, raising our total to over 16 lbs., and there are more ripening. I'm thankful for the ones that are lagging behind the others, drawing out the enjoyment a little longer.
Meanwhile, if you live in this area, drop by for some fresh muskmelon!