My First Melon Purchase
It's another milestone in my adulthood. I purchased a melon at the grocery store. I seriously had never bought any type of melon fruit before May 31st, 2011. I guess the reason is I was afraid I would pick a bad one. After the avocado disaster of '10, I've been pretty tentative of trying new things. (I bought way too unripe avocados and tried to make guacamole. It was a disaster.) I mustered up the courage, went to the store, and made my pick.
Much like a draft pick in sports, you need to do a little research on what kind of melon you are looking for. I didn't want anything too sweet, nothing too mushy, and I didn't want seeds. After asking around, I went with the classic honey dew melon.
So how do you pick a melon? I didn't know. I know I'm terrible at picking vegetables. I always get the spoiled ones. When you pick an apple or a banana you want to get one that is firm. With a melon, they are all firm. I had to use a lifeline and call my wife. She told me to knock on the melon and find one that sounds hollow.
I got to the grocery store. There sat the melons. I walked up to them, and gently knocked on 3 melons. The first one had more of a thump noise. I shook my head in disapproval. The second was really heavy and didn't sound much better than the first. The third had a hollow sound. I nodded my head contently in approval. This was my melon.
I then ran into another obstacle. How do I cut this thing up? I set the melon on the counter and stared at it for a few minutes. Ah, screw it. My wife can cut it up when she gets home.
When she got home, she cut up the melon and it was delicious. I picked a great melon. I'm all grown up now!