Boule D' Or Melon
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Boule D'Or melon, its nickname, "Golden Perfection" is a clear indication of its culinary value as a melon. It is a honeydew melon type which, when ripe, has a deep lemon-colored, loosely netted skin with a pale green, honey-sweet flesh that emits tropical and slightly perfumed aromatics. Boule D'Or melons can grow to an average of 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
The Boule D'Or, also known as Golden Perfection, is a 19th-century, French heirloom market melon that is quite prolific, delicate and extremely rare. A member of the family, Cucurbitaceae, the Boule D’Or melon is classified originally as a netted variety melon and is considered by many to be muskmelon type and a honeydew cultivator (Cucumis melo inodorus).
Boule D'Or melons can be used as a substitute for honeydew melons. Blend diced Boule D'Or melon with fresh lime juice, then combine with prosecco or champagne for a melon bellini. Puree Boule D'Or melon and kiwi with sugar, then serve as a drink over ice. Combine diced Boule D'Or melon with cubes of white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced red onions and olive oil for a side salad. Boule D'Or melons will keep, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.
It is noted in Vilmorin's book "The Vegetable Garden" that this specific variety is known to be so delicate in fact that it succeeded to grow in Paris gardens only when done so under the protection of a glass covering.
The Boule D'Or was first listed in 1885 in Vilmorin's book "The Vegetable Garden" (the first-ever seed catalog published for farmers and growers) but as with many heirloom varieties, finding its seeds today is a rarity. Boule D'Or melons are typical of all summer melons as they prefer hot dry climates for best productivity. As they are not a commercial melon, you will find them sporadically throughout farmers markets in late summer.
Recipes that include Boule D' Or Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
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