In the spirit of my naturally gluten-free tendencies, I have found a new melon. Lemon drop melon. The personal size watermelon were $3.99/each this week and the Lemon drop melon was $2.50. I figured it was a sign to try out this new-to-me melon. Have you heard of it before? I tried to Google it and got very little information about it. Some of the information that I found suggested that it was a new breed of melon.
Looks a little like a cantaloupe or honeyrock, right? Check out the inside:
Looks like a honeydew on the inside! Don’t be fooled, though, it doesn’t taste like honeydew.
The little sticker that was on the outside of the melon said that it was a light, refreshing, citrusy taste. I had to really focus on clearing my head and ridding it of any preconceived notions of what this melon was going to taste like. It is really funny how my mind kept wanting to think it was going to taste like cantaloupe or honeydew. Did you ever play the food game when you were a kid? My sister & I used to play by taking turns blindfolding each other and then giving each other a taste of something from the refrigerator. The blindfolded person then had to guess what the food was.
The first bite was a little odd; my brain was still unsure what was going on, I think. Then I began to really get a feel for what the melon tasted like. It did indeed have a light citrusy flavor without being overwhelming. The texture was pretty much identical to that of a cantaloupe, maybe a little more firm. This quickly became my favorite fruit in the refrigerator, which is no small feat considering I have no less than 5 different kinds of fruit in the refrigerator at all times.
If you run across one of these melons at your local farmer’s market or grocery store, don’t pass them up! This ended up being a wonderful new fruit to add to my repertoire.