Pineapple are ripe when they are slightly soft to the touch and give off a sweet aroma. To prepare pineapple, cut off top and leaves, then slice skin off. Slice thick pieces from the core or cut horizontally into discs and core
French Breakfast Radish
This oblong heirloom radish's vibrant color graduates to a white tip. Very crisp, the lovely color makes it a popular favorite. Quaintly named, this variety is topped with bright greens and offers an excellent mildly sharp flavor.
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This item was last sold on : 05/14/13
Charentais melons are available during the summer months. Mexico exports Charentais melons during the winter months.
Charentais melons, AKA French cantaloupe are a highly valued yet low production farmers market variety of cantaloupe that are often not suitable for shipping. All Cantaloupes are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also houses gourds, cucumbers, chayote and nearly all other melons.
The Charentais is a petite-sized melon with a smooth, hard, pistachio-grey colored skin and distinct green ribbing. Its flesh is deep orange, dense, smooth and sweet similar to that of a Cantaloupe. When ripe it is highly fragrant with tropical fruit and floral notes. Its delicious flavor and powerful aroma must be appreciated at its height of maturity as it has a delicate and short shelf-life.
The Charentais melon can be used in fresh or raw preparations, both sweet and savory. It is not found to be suited well for cooking. Fresh Chanterais melon can be used as a breakfast fruit and as a salad ingredient. It makes a great addition to both drinks and desserts. Chanterais pairs well with feta and goat cheeses, almonds and hazelnuts, mint, citrus and cured pork. May be used as a substitute in recipes where cantaloupe is called for. Once ripe keep refrigerated until ready to use, always wrap cut melons in plastic to prolong their shelf life.
The Charentais originated in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France, circa 1920. It was developed as a refined Cantaloupe, free of natural and highly occurring blemishes and warts of its parent varieties. Though the Charentais originated in France much of the Charentais melons consumed in France are now imported from North Africa. There is limited production of Charentais melons in the United States.
Recipes that include Charentais Melon. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Not Eating Out In New York||Cucumber Melon Salad|
|Redacted Recipes||Cool as a Cucumber, Melon and Tomato Salad|
|YumSugar||Melon, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella Brochettes|
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Wild-Pere Market (an organic heirloom farm)
Near Floresville, Texas, United States
About 58 days ago, 2/18/14
Spotter's comments : I just planted Charentais Melons for Wild-Pere Market! Should be available in May.
Little Italy Mercato Near San Diego, California, United States
About 187 days ago, 10/12/13
Spotter's comments : Charentais Melons spotted at Little Italy Mercato. Sage Mountain Farms. Temecula, CA area.