Friday, December 17, 2010
Persimmons and French Melon
This past weekend, we made a run to the Asian market to stock up on some goods. We decided to check out the HMart in Burlington, Massachusetts for the first time and were pleasantly surprised to find long rows of amazingly fresh produce and a broad assortment of Asian groceries. And as an added bonus, it was probably one of the cleanest Asian markets I've been to (a frequent pet peeve of mine).
Interestingly enough, I came across a french melon of all things. I'd never seen one at a grocery store before so of course I had to buy one. And although it wasn't very fragrant (like the charantais I grow this past summer), the flesh was incredibly sweet and tasty. Despite the fact that it was probably a hybrid variety of some sort, I should have saved some seeds to grow just for fun. Maybe I'll venture back to buy another one.
Finally, we also left the market with some beautiful persimmons in hand. I've been debating whether or not to plant some fruit trees this year simply because I don't foresee that we'll stay in our present home for more than a few years. It would be terribly disappointing to move just when they are about to produce well. If I were to plant one fruit tree this year, it would be a persimmon. Non-astringent type persimmons (like the ones pictured above and my personal preference) are generally only hardy to climate zone 7 and therefore may be challenging to grow here in our zone 6. Stark Bro's sells a variety called "Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro", which is supposed to be hardy to zone 6. I think I'll order one this spring and grow it in a pot. I don't how well it will fair grown in a container but at least I'll be able to bring it into say the garage when the weather gets especially frigid and take it with me if we do decide to move. At the very least, it's worth trying.