zoramargolis Posted July 21, 2006 Share Posted July 21, 2006 This evening, as an appetizer, we had some La Quercia prosciutto with Sharlyn melon. (Really delicious!) Cranshaw used to be my favorite melon, but for a number of years now, I have been of the conviction that nothing can surpass a ripe Sharlyn. The one we had this evening was perfect. The Sharlyn is oval, with a yellow-green, netted shell and white, fine textured flesh. At it's best, it has the smooth, melt-in-the-mouth qualities of a Cranshaw, juicy and very sweet with an intensely complex flavor having floral and lychee notes. As with all melons, the way to choose them is find one that yields to gentle pressure and has an intense aroma. Don't be fooled and buy a casaba or canary melon-- they look somewhat similar, but taste nothing like a Sharlyn. I found mine at the Giant in downtown Bethesda. I have other favorite varietals, especially when it comes to tomatoes, but other than Sungold yellow cherry tomatoes, I haven't had any good ones yet this year. I noticed that Wheatland Farm has started bringing cucumbers to Dupont--but didn't have any of the Persian/Middle Eastern variety, which is my favorite. Care to contribute your favorite varieties and why you prefer them? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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