While I was out yesterday, I stopped at my local produce market and picked up this melon for under $2. As far as checking for ripeness, my husband Jim, says to push on the stem and if it gives, it's ripe. He also says to give it a sniff. You should actually be able to smell the aroma of the melon.
I sliced it open and found it to be juicy and sweet. Jim and I both like fruit room temp (the flavors become more intense) so it stayed out on the counter, where I nibbled on it as I prepped. But also out on the counter, was a big chunk of Parmesan Reggiano cheese, which I needed for dinner. I can't resist a small chunk each time I walk by.
It was quite warm in my kitchen, but there was a nice breeze flowing through, and the smell of the cantaloupe and the Parmesan was
I popped a piece of the melon, and with it, a sliver of Parmesan into my mouth. Wow! The wonderfully sweet melon and buttery Parmesan (and slight crunch from crystallization) were a perfect combination of sweet and savory.
A simple, delicious nibble for a gathering..
- Wedges of cantaloupe
- A good, imported Parmesan Reggiano
- A sprinkling of basil ribbons