Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Product of the week - Pepino melon

An exotic fruit from Harris Teeter. It tastes kind of like rock melon (cantaloupe) but less sweet. I asked Lucy what she thought (she doesn't like any kind of melon) and she said "naughty dose"?

Here are the details:

Pepino melon is native to Peru, but is now also grown in California and New Zealand. It is also known as treemelon, bush melon and mellowfruit. Pepino’s are teardrop shaped and have a smooth skin that is striped with yellow and dark purple. The flesh of this fruit is fragrant and combines the tastes of cantaloupe and honeydew. Pepinos are available late fall to mid-spring. Fruits with a light yellow or green skin are not ripe, while fruits with dark purple stripes are ripe. Ripen at room temperature until as firm as a slightly ripe plum, then refrigerate ripe fruit for up to 3 days. Pepinos are best served peeled and cubed or sliced.

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