Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Melons for breakfast, lunch and dinner
This is a picture of my breakfast. James picked watermelons and cantaloupes this morning. He needed a wheelbarrow to carry them back to the house. He picked 23 watermelons and 7 cantaloupes and that doesn't count the many he had to throw into the chicken fence because they were rotten or partly eaten by something else. Also, we already had some watermelons in the refrigerator from a few days ago. I Googled "how to store watermelons". I learned they're best stored around 55 to 60 degrees. Apparently the carotenoids increase 10 to 40% when stored closer to room temperature than in the refrigerator. Pretty cool. Of course I had to Google carotenoids too to see what exactly they're good for. Here's a link if you're interested http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-carotenoids.htm.
Storing cantaloupes is a different story. They should only be stored at room temperature for 2 or 3 days but once they reach their full ripeness they should be refrigerated. How are we going to eat all these melons before they go bad? I guess we need to have a party or give them away. Too bad so many have to be ready to pick at once. I hope the ones left in the garden will take their time ripening.