by Lisa Pecchenino
ClarifEye Family Eye Care will be relocating to the old Quizno’s building. According to City Officials the permit was issued last week for remolding the old restaurant, look for their grand re-opening in the near future.
And for all of you wondering what the heck is going on at the corner of Ten Mile Road and Deer Flat, here you go . . . on the North corner they are building apartments and on the South side will be a new storage facility called the Kuna Caves Storage.
Last August I bought a nice round seedless watermelon. The next day I was in the mood for some so I got out the cutting board and sliced it in half, to my surprise the melon in question was yellow.
To my delight it wasn’t only yellow but had a delightful flavor and crisp texture. Because I had never seen yellow watermelon I felt the need to do a little research, where and how this watermelon became yellow.
I was surprised to find it is originally from Southern Africa. A gift from God. In addition, I learned that watermelons come in many colors not just red and yellow, but white, orange, purple and black.
Today, farmers in approximately 44 states in the United States grow watermelon commercially. Georgia, Florida, Texas, California and Arizona are the US’s largest watermelon producers and there are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon. That’s a lot of seed spiting.
Come on, what other homegrown “fruit-vegetable” (that’s another story) kindles as much love and laughter as a good old-fashioned watermelon. None I can think of.
Watermelon has become part of summertime American tradition, ingrained into our culture like hotdogs and apple pie. Thinking back to our childhood on those hot summer nights there was nothing better than a slice of cold watermelon, sitting on the back patio eating melon and spiting seeds.
Yellow melon is a challenge to find these days. In the past, Kuna received this yummy delight from the Rice Family Farms. Sadly, the Rice family has retired, but not without sharing a piece of good advice. Lee Rice explained that seedless melons have been genetically altered to not produce seeds, per say, but in doing so you lose a lot of the flavor.
“People don’t seem to like seeds now a days, there isn’t much market for seeded melon,” Rice said. “I grew up spiting seeds.”
Since we are both seed spitters from way back I gave his advice a try. I conducted a taste test including both seeded and seedless melons. He was right. The seedless melon had way less flavor.
As far as color, I will always go for the yellow. After all, they are prized for their juicy, sweet, tropical-like flavor and I highly recommend you try it before you cant find them any more. Besides what’s a little seed spiting between friends any way? So, I say spit away.