Sunday, August 4, 2013

Watermelon

Farming and ranching isn't for sissies.  One has to have the strength to do what needs to be done. 



Like out of all the acres and acres of vine seed watermelons grown here, we only eat the males!





Watermelon and Blue Cheese Salad (serves 4)

Ingredients
200g creamy blue cheese, crumbled
50g fresh mint, diced
1200g to 1600g watermelon, diced, (about half a large watermelon )

Method
Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl and mix. Refrigerate until cold before serving.

Last but not least,watermelons are not only refreshingly tasty they also have tremendous health benefits. Eating watermelon is almost like taking a multivitamin tablet every morning, but with a much better taste. So keep that in mind whenever you're out buying a watermelon. 

recipe source:anecdotes from malta


10 comments:

  1. Hum. I will have to read up on the male/female watermelon thing. New to me.
    I went on a watermelon diet once and actually lost weight.
    Will have to try the cheese and mint version. Looks great.

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  2. That sounds interesting. Now tell me..... How can I tell if a watermelon is a boy or a girl?

    Don't laugh, I'm a city girl.

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  3. I am with the others. How do you tell if you have a male or female watermelon? Also, can you freeze watermelon? We have lots of cantaloupe. Is it as healthy for you as watermelon?

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  4. LADIES: quote: "Keep in mind the type of watermelon you want. Females tend to be larger, sweeter and have less seeds than males. To find out if a watermelon is male or female, look at the bottom side and find a ring that is going in the opposite direction of the other watermelon's circles. Smaller ring sizes, about the size of a penny, are male watermelons. Female watermelons may have quarter size rings."
    That said, we only eat males as they will be disked under before harvest. The melons grown here are for vine seed no fresh market.
    GRANNYANNIE: You can freeze watermelon, I don't care for it frozen, but that's just me.
    Cantaloupe is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium.




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  5. It make sense to eat males if you plan to just grow for vine seed -- however, I never knew that watermelon came in male/female varieties. Are you just pulling my leg or are you on the level?

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  6. Could be an old wives tale or...you draw your own conclusion given the following: Seedless watermelon varieties require special planting schemes for seed production. The seedless hybrids result from a cross of tetraploid (4X chromosomes) female with diploid (2X chromosome) male plants. Tetraploids result from treatment of diploid seedings with a mitotic-inhibiting chemical (Colchicine). A 'seedless' watermelon actually has seeds, but they are small, white seed coats.
    Hybrid seed to grow a seedless variety is produced by planting diploid and tetraploid lines together in alternating rows.

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  7. I guess that if there are 'male' and 'female' plants, there are male and female seeds. The only question for me whether or not that's a process of each melon having a gender of its own or whether the seeds within each melon have their gender assigned at the time of pollination. Which is more information than I need because I am simply a watermelon consumer.

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  8. I don't care, I LIKE watermelon, warm or cold, with a little salt... :-) and Momma got pissed when we spit the seeds in the front yard and she had watermelons growing the next spring...LOL

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