Melons originated in ancient Persia, likely grew in the gardens of ancient Babylon and are mentioned in the Torah. Starting around 1600, they were cultivated by the aristocrats of Europe.
I feel like they still retain an air of prestige: Slicing open a melon is like unboxing a precious gift with your closest family standing beside you. They are meant to be ogled, passed around and shared – unlike, say, a peach.
And they are best enjoyed from farmer’s markets when the flavor carries a lush & mushy sweetness – unlike the stiff, underripe supermarket types. This is the allure and delight of the French Morning Melon, the size of a grapefruit with the flavor a mix of honeydew and cantaloupe.
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