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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Melons!

Okay, I admit it. I've sunk to a new all time low. Now I know what some of you are probably thinking, but nooooo, you'd be wrong. Those are not the type of melons that I'm talking about. The kind of melons I'm going to discuss are far, far stranger. This story will prove what many others have known all along -- I have little or no will power when it comes to books.

I was in the Strand Bookstore the other day and while scanning the shelves, my eyes fixed on a rather thin but attractive spine that proclaimed MELONS. The full title is actually MELONS FOR THE PASSIONATE GROWER by Amy Goldman (Artisan, 2002). Page after seductive page is filled with beautifully photographed images of .... melons! Have you ever seen a Colorado Striped Tarahumara? Unfortunately there is no source to obtain seeds for this melon but if you've got the urge to try your hand, this book promises "practical advice on growing, pollinating, picking, and preparing an extraordinary harvest." There are 100 different melons listed here with seed sources for most of them.

In my defense, how could I resist a book that had this quote on the front cover : " I am a lover of melons. I eat watermelons, cantaloupes, Persians, honeydews, and hand melons in season. After perusing this fascinating book I want to grow and eat every melon on earth -- just to savor the flavors and see the diverse colors and textures...."
Martha Stewart

She might have a little wait but I'm going to try my hand at these next spring.

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