“So,” I asked my Favorite Farmer at last Saturday’s market, “How do I know when a Charentais melon is ready to pick?”
He laughed as I traded him my three dollars for his fabulous Walla Walla Sweet Onions.
“Well,” He began, “You want to pick them right before they blush. If they change color, you let them go too long…”
“See why I don’t grow them?” he said with a wink. “Can’t beat ’em for flavor, though…You just keep checking them, ’bout every 15 minutes. When they ‘slip’, they’re ready.”
Checking them often is easy. Angel and I make a Big Deal out of counting them, and hunting through the tangled vines for new ones. And they grow so fast! The photo above is from three weeks ago. Here’s the same melon, as of yesterday:
Still not ready, but getting close.
So, we’ve added Tugging Gently to Counting and Marvelling…I’m dying to add Tasting to that list!