Absolutely WONDERFUL cantaloupes are to be had in local markets, trucked in from the hot fields of Central Luzon and points north. SUPERB flavor, intensely sweet and so juicy. I have always been wary of local melons as I often get lemons instead of edible melons. But every once in a while, you hit the melon jackpot, and it’s probably worth the “wasted” expenditure on the mediocre examples. This melon, a slightly different variety from the run-of-mill local cantaloupes you and I are more familiar with, has a more yellow orange rind/skin and comes smaller in size. Vendors sometimes refer to them as Taiwan melons, or Japanese melons and had someone tipped them off properly, they should have claimed they were like the wonderful cavaillon (charantais) melons if they wanted to up their price even more. They are more expensive at PHP60 for this small melon at the market this weekend, almost double the price of other melons. But so worth it. I nearly ate a whole one in a single sitting!
Local fruits over the past 6 months or so have had such discombobulated results… off season, little or no fruit, poor quality, etc. that it’s a wonderful change to find superb melons in the market. Just last week I bought other cantaloupes and was disappointed, but these yellow orange ones are worth seeking out. If you are planning to buy a lot, head to the market with a pocket knife and taste one melon before you buy several. If you have this seemingly unique Pinoy kitchen tool, the melon scraper/shredder, then you can make a great big pitcher of melon juice. Or eat them as is, in fruit salads, etc. They pair beautifully with prosciutto as well. See other posts on melons here, here and here. Enjoy! :)