Man, the cantaloupes are good this year! My uncle, a farmer, taught me how to choose a good 'lope back when I worked at his roadside stand as a girl.
The sweetest cantaloupes have a well-developed, raised webbing on their rind - the more defined and rough, the better. I don't know why this is so, but this tip has never failed me. The cantaloupe is ripe when the stem end does not show any green and the other end smells good and sweetly cantaloupe-y.
Now, about choosing watermelons, I know nothing. And I've heard that there is no good way to choose a watermelon. Is this true?
I am a wife and mother of two. I am a stay-at-home mom, part time cookbook editor, a Mennonite, and a city dweller. I like to make things (see the blog categories below). This blog is a record of what I make and the ways I try to be thrifty. Welcome!
"Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance...thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste...if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare."