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Boule D' Or Melon
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The Boule D'Or melon has a gently rounded oval shape and is medium in size, averaging 12 centimeters in diameter. The outer rind is quite hard with a loosely netted surface giving it a somewhat smooth feel. It is a honeydew melon type which, when ripe, has a bright lemon color on the outside with a pale green flesh in the inside. The Boule D'Or melon offers notes of honey and tropical fruit with a firm yet juicy consistency.
The Boule D'Or melon is available in the summer.
The Boule D'Or, also known as Golden Perfection, is a 19th-century French heirloom melon in the Cucurbitaceae family. The name literally translates to 'ball of gold', presumably inspired by the fruits orb-like shape and brilliant yellow exterior. It is a hardy variety of muskmelon that is botanically classified as Cucumis melo inodorus.
Boule D'Or melons offer a good supply of vitamins C and B6, niacin, pantothenic acid and fiber. Its high water content and potassium levels also make it an effective natural aid for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
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.