Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Test Crop for Spring: The Korean Melon

This is a sweet (pun intended) little melon:

I picked this up at the Food Town International Market (more on that tomorrow) down in Davie, Florida a few days ago. The fruit was delicious, the seeds were saved, and they're going to be planted in my garden as soon as the frost leaves us alone.

Korean melons are a type of canary melon. You can read a little more on their culinary attributes here.

I'll bet they grow like cucumbers, being smaller-fruited than most melons. Up up up!

I have high hopes for growing them, since they likely originated in a warm climate... a lot of oriental vegetables seem to dig Florida's climate.

We shall see.

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At December 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Leon said...

> since they likely originated in a warm climate...

Where did they originate? Can't be Korea then because Korea is more like Northern US/Southern Canada - I almost froze my butt off there a few times... :)

At December 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Good catch on climate - I had assumed Korea had a warmer maritime climate. Geography FAIL.

Though these guys probably came from Iran originally, since they're a canary melon. The current belief on C. Melo species is that they're of Persian origin.

At December 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

thank you, i was going to say the same thing! korea is mountainous and cold... south japan/okinawa and vietnam are more like us. Also the northeast region of Australia including NZ.
i'm not an expert on Korea, but i did take 3 lessons of tae kwon do and married a korean american years ago. i recently asked him for his mum's kimchi recipe, and he said, " Just because I'm Korean you think I know how to make bulgogi and kimchi? Racist! "
but uh, dont make jokes about eating dog in front of koreans. they don't like that.

At December 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I've eaten my share of kimchi. It gives you super powers, especially when it's full of chilies.

Eating dog. Heh. I would, if it was served with sweet chili sauce.

At December 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Leon said...

> Good catch on climate

That was easy - someone says Korea and the first thing that pops in my mind is "Cold!" Korea is definitely on my top 3 list of places to avoid in the winter at all costs with St. Petersburg, Russia and Toronto being the other 2.


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