Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Would you take a look at those melons!

No, not THOSE melons - get your minds off the body and into the produce section.

The good old canteloupe to be specific. (Reminds me of one of my dad's all time favorite jokes.. "Canteloupe tonight, pop's got the ladder!")

Back to the melons. Canteloupe is plentiful in the US. This is the canteloupe I'm used to seeing:

However, everytime I see something that looks like that picture in a Danish supermarket, it's not a canteloupe, it's a galia. Since I'm not a big produce buyer, I can't say that I've ever eaten a galia and therefore, have been hesitant to purchase said melon. I've heard of them, but that's about all.

Now this search for canteloupe has been going on for awhile. I always check what's there, and they are always all labeled 'galia', so I try again next time.

Lo and behold, upon entering SuperBrugsen late last week, I checked and again and there, among the usual galias, were some melons with a sticker clearly indicating that these were indeed 'canteloupe'. They looked like this:

Hmm. So I had a little internal debate in the grocery store. Doesn't look like a canteloupe. SAYS it's a canteloupe. Price seems okay, do I try it anyway? What if I buy them and it's not something I like? Is this going to be another grocery experiment that sits in my fridge until I just throw it out? But I really, really want a canteloupe. Smells like canteloupe. Okay, Okay, I'll give it a shot. So I bought two.

YUMMY! It appears the Spains do indeed know how to grow canteloupe and while it may look a bit different on the outside, the inside is just right and quite tasty. Now that I've found them, I'm sure on the next trip they won't be there any longer.


  1. ROFL. This did make me laugh because i have the same internal conversations with myself...but over pumpkin. I've not had a pumpkin since I left Australia. I've asked so many different stores whose stock answer is 'Now but we have squash.' Yes, you do, I groan inwardly. You also have a lot of other things like milk bread... I mean, when I want squash, I'll ask for squash. Anyway, well done! hope you scoffed the lot.

  2. The only pumpkin I have ever found are:

    1. Pumpkin seeds - in a little sad looking bag, as a snack.

    2. Pickled pumpkin in a jar - not brave enough to try that one!

    I searched high and low for pumpkin, or canned pumpkin, last November so that I could make a traditional pumpkin pie. No such luck :(

  3. I'll preface this by saying I am extremely brave where trying food is concerned and, day to day, there is nothing I don't eat or at least I thought so until I tried pickled pumpkin. It is the first time in my life I have nearly thrown up just from tasting something.

    YOu could find you like it but...I sure didn't

  4. at least your internal convo did not include arguing with yourself about how much that costs in US$ and then trying to talk yourself into buying it and out of buying it.. that is my dilemma all the time!

    I have searched for canteloupe many times at our produce market but have yet to find it...but now I know there is hope!

  5. For the record, I have a 5-pound can of pumpkin puree (for making PUMPKIN PIES!!!) sitting in my cupboard right now. Yes, I carried it all the way here with me in my luggage from the States! IT IS NOT FOR SALE. I've seen pickled pumpkin for sale, too -- RETCH! What is that even used for?

  6. EK - Let me know when you're baking that pie! I'm sure there must be some reason that we simply must head south at some point!

  7. Kelli - been there, done that! But since everything here costs more I've finally stopped doing that because if I did, I wouldn't buy anything.

  8. Sunday will mark two years here for us (can't believe it), and I'm STILL dividing everything by 5! (Although it was by 6.3 back then...) I wonder when this tic stops? And Patti, you will hear the call of the golden horns summoning y'all down south for some pumpkin cheesecake... :)

  9. Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog. I just wanted to agree that the Spanish definitely do know how to grow a melon! They are small, but certainly delicious, and they taste even better if you let them soak in brandy for a half an hour or so before you serve it.

    Pumpkin- I am ashamed to admit it, but for halloween last year I spent 11 euros on a measly pumpkin at an open-air market. This year, I think we'll be carving squash!

    And I'd like an invite for some cheesecake, or even just a recipe! I just can't seem to find the right kind of cheese over here and every attempt i've made has been a near-vomit experience.


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