FOWC with Fandango: Pick


There used to be a time when there was not such a choice of vegetables and fruit. There was always enough to eat, but we were not spoilt.

Today it is all spread out in the supermarket so help yourself. Sometimes this can get a little overwhelming. Even the tomatoes have different shapes and sizes, although they are still red: but they can be long or round, mega sized or mini. I generally have a look at the price before I decide.

There are experts amongst us. I was interested in the conversation held by a married couple last week over the choice of a melon. At the moment the season is beginning. A melon is a melon, but not quite. This is where I go for the special offer. The married couple I saw were experts. She took it in her hand, gave it a tap. Afterwards she had a good sniff and a push with her fingers. She was a full professional. Eventually after exchanging a few words with her husband, she made her decision and put the melon back where she found it after handling it. It was the special offer melon and not good enough for her table.

When she was finished with this expertise, I also decided to have a melon for tea. They can be very tasty together with Swiss or Italian dried ham. I decided to try it out, but all those melons looked the same to me and also smelt the same. And giving it a feel and a push did not help. They all resisted. Eventually I  chose, but not the one that the lady had examined, out of grounds of hygiene. the lady was still hovering around. Did she shake her head  and laugh? I have no idea, and also no interest. Not everyone is an expert melon chooser.

FOWC with Fandango: Pick

2 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Pick

  1. I can “ping” a watermelon, but have been less successful with smaller melons. The trick of pushing them is that they should be a bit soft (not mushy) on the top where the indent is. My sense of smell has never been good enough to use as a gauge of anything, but watermelon is a “sound” thing. Assuming you get it up on your shoulder, if you tap it with your fist, it should go ping — kind of musical. If it goes “thud,” it’s not ripe.

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    • I like warte melon, but get more the smaller sort to eat with ham. You just cannot see the inside life of a melon. I find keeping them a day or two before eating them is a good idea. They are not so hard


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