Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Musings: Happy Watermelon Month!

NOTE: Hi, this is Kat Sheridan. Sia asked me to repost this happy article from last July for you to enjoy again. Her computer is in the shop until later in the week, so she won't be able to comment, and I'm recovering from surgery (and thus, a little loopy!) but I think we can all appreciate this juicy article!

I’m a pretty traditional gal. Oh, I have my adventurous moments but for the most part I’m pretty tried and true.

This past week I had a hankering for watermelon. Tis the season you know. J In fact, July is National Watermelon month. So, here I am in the produce section of my local store and I wheeled my cart right on up to the nice display of melons. Thumped and smelled and chose a couple of cantaloupes and a nice watermelon. I’m the major consumer of melons in my house so the watermelon was a smaller one and so pretty.

I found a nice place for it in the refrigerator. Friday was the day. Got my watermelon out and sliced. My jaw drops. WTF? What happened to my watermelon?

It was yellow.

Yellow?? Peaches are yellow, mangoes and pineapple are yellow. Watermelons are bright red or deep pink. Not yellow. I sniff. Smells like a watermelon. I sliced a little piece and cautiously take a taste…okay, it tastes like a watermelon. Sort of. But, but…it’s YELLOW.

I say sort of, because there is a difference. Texture of the fruit is a bit lighter and finer and the taste is sweeter. Almost like a touch of honey to it. It a bit sweeter than I like, but it’s good and this would be nice change in a summer fruit salad, watermelon berry salad, or watermelon cucumber salad (which is very good, by the way). I prefer the flesh of the red fruit.

Tonight, I’m in my office and I hear the refrigerator door open.

“What the hell…?! Mom, what is this? 

 “Its a watermelon, son.” 

 “It’s yellow. Is it spoiled?” 

 “Nope. Just a different color.” 

 “Huh. It looks weird. When did they start making watermelon yellow? Is it any good?” 

 I roll my eyes. “Why don’t you taste it and see what you think?” I figure the kitchen would be better place to have this conversation, so I walk in to find my son poking the watermelon like it was a dangerous alien. He bends his head and sniffs. 

 “It smells like a watermelon. Have you had any of it?” 

 “Obviously so, since half of it is gone, I’m still breathing, too.” He squares his shoulders and lifts the watermelon. 

 I grab the watermelon just before teeth meets yellow. “Oh no you don’t, buddy. Here’s a spoon. Scoop out a piece.” 

 “Wow. It’s really sweet.” Scoops out another bite for testing purposes you understand.

I recognize the look on his face and rescued my watermelon again and cut off a slice for him to eat.  It’s the same look mothers of grazing teen males understand. It’s the same look he gets when he’s looking in the fridge for something to eat but grabs the gallon of milk to guzzle and fortify him before choosing something to eat.

So, watermelon isn't just red anymore. Who would have thunk it? 

If you will excuse me, I'm going to go eat my purple, yellow, and orange tomato salad with purple cauliflower bits and crumbled feta cheese and contemplate some yellow watermelon for dessert. Who knows, maybe next time I'll add the yellow watermelon to the salad mix.

  • Have you had any of the yellow watermelon? Did you know it was yellow flesh when you bought it or were you as surprised as I was when you cut into it?


Suzanne Furness said...

Never had yellow watermelon, never even heard of it before! Still getting my head around yellow and purple tomatoes here. Will check it out if I see any though.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Never had yellow watermelon. I'd be a bit shocked at first too. But it sounds good.

Liza said...

This is news to me, but fun!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I haven't had watermelon for such a long long time. This makes me crave some :)

Kat Sheridan said...

I've had yellow watermelon. They called it canary melon and it was fantastic! VERY sweet.

Mason Canyon said...

I've tried the yellow watermelon and liked it. But for some reason, it's just not watermelon unless it's red.

Kat, hope you're doing okay after you surgery.

Sia, sorry to hear about your computer woes. They are a troublesome thing to have, but we can't live without them anymore. :)

Kat Sheridan said...

Hi, Mason, and thank you, I'm coming along slowly. It's been a heck of a couple of months for the Over Coffee bloggers, but we're getting better every day! And in the mean time, enjoying the bounties of summer!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've seen yellow watermelon but never tried it. Good thing you saved yours. That would've been the snack before the real snack for your son.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've heard of yellow watermelon but never had any. I love that my children love fresh fruits and veggies but their big appetites make it difficult to keep the refrig stocked.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Until recently, I didn't know there were yellow watermelons. I knew there were seedless. (I don't think those are as good as the ones with seeds.)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia and Kat - I haven't seen yellow watermelons .. but if you've got them I'm sure we have ...

Yellow, red, green, beetroot coloured tomatoes or blue potatoes and then orange, white or purple carrots .. sometimes they're finding the old varieties and bringing them back ..

They are certainly colourful .. and now purple sprouting I've heard of - but purple cauliflower - not yet ..

Cheers and a fresh salad is just the job - Hilary

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I've never had (or even seen) yellow watermelon, but I'd give it a try! Watermelon is my favourite fruit, and no matter what colour it comes in, it'll be great!

cleemckenzie said...

Nope. No yellow watermelon in my life. I wonder if we can get them in the farmers' market. Will have to ask since it seems to have been such a hit with your son.