Saltwater Melons

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock Melons are other crops that are sometimes deliberately stressed with saltwater at the end of the fruit-production cycle in order to encourage the plant to produce sweeter fruit. Conventional growers withhold water during fruit development to create the beneficial stress that produces sweeter melons. The production of more sugars in stressed […]

Crop Profile: Melons

Savor delicious fruits that can be beautiful, too, by including melon varieties in your edible landscape.

Make It Work: Cooking with Under-Ripe Melons

Photo courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock If your garden produces under-ripe watermelon, try your hand at a crisp and refreshing salad: Feta cheese, olives and mint or basil tossed with watermelon chunks. Melons are a challenge to grow around here. Their creeping vines cover lots of land in a suburban setting, and if the rain is wrong, they are […]

Picking Melons and Watching Bats

We just picked our first two melons of the season and enjoyed them with our dinner. I couldn’t remember what kind they were so it was kind of thrilling to cut into them and find out what was inside. The outside looked nothing like a cantaloupe, but that’s exactly what the inside looked and tasted like, only not quite as sweet.