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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 04:42 PM

where do the best-eating WATERMELONS come from?

Our local crop of Hermiston Oregon is just in, and they are (wait for it) LEGENDARY.

I realize that the potential for copycats and smart-alecky answers for this thread is high. But I really would like to know about the varieties in other parts of the country.

Do you get those kind of watermelons that are three feet long with lots of seeds?

Or does your market only carry the little personal size ones?

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Reply where do the best-eating WATERMELONS come from? (Original post)
grasswire Aug 2012 OP
MindMover Aug 2012 #1
Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #2
grasswire Aug 2012 #12
Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #13
grasswire Aug 2012 #15
Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #16
MoreGOPoop Aug 2012 #3
Lochloosa Aug 2012 #4
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #6
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #5
liberaltrucker Aug 2012 #7
sharp_stick Aug 2012 #8
Phentex Aug 2012 #9
LWolf Aug 2012 #10
surrealAmerican Aug 2012 #11
MissB Aug 2012 #14
rurallib Aug 2012 #17
MineralMan Aug 2012 #18
TuxedoKat Aug 2012 #19
LiberalAndProud Aug 2012 #20
grasswire Aug 2012 #21

Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 04:44 PM

1. Hope watermelons from central Arkansas are the best in the world ...

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 04:49 PM

2. Brophy Watermellons from Colorado were the bomb

don't know about now, but I do know I can't find many seeded melons here in Portland, the seedless are all just bland

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:10 PM

12. Hermiston melons have just come in.

They are the best of Oregon's watermelons.

Safeway has them for $2.98 whole this week. Fred Meyer has them for $5.98.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:02 PM

13. Thank you! I usually just go to Winco

If they don't have them tomorrow, I'll stop at SW. Know any body that wants 3/4 of a bland seedless watermelon that's been sitting in my fridge for 3 days?

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:06 PM

15. well, the Hermiston melon will be mostly seedless, too...

....but it will be sweet and good. Did you see in Tuesday's Oregonian Food Day section the how-to of picking a good one?

Maybe you could use up that other melon in smoothies.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #15)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:25 PM

16. bah! seedless are always bland compared to seeded

Who told these growers that we all wanted 'convenience' over taste

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:04 PM

3. Hot, sandy bottomlands, especially around

the Boot Heel of Missouri. Made even better when plugged.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:21 PM

4. My backyard....

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:23 PM

6. I don't dedicate that much space to watermellons or pumpkins anymore.

 

We're overloaded with vegetable plants as it is. The 16x16 foot pool area is filled with potted spill over right now. We're going to have to crack open the canner in a few weeks.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:22 PM

5. The local farmers' market.

 

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:27 PM

7. Fayette County, Alabama

Huge, juicy and oh, so sweet!

Full disclosure: I grew up one county north (Walker).

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:28 PM

8. I sure haven't found them here

but I've only been grabbing the ones at Stop & Shop or Price Chopper and they blow pretty badly. At least so far, no real flavor, even the kids aren't that happy this year.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:30 PM

9. Albany, GA. I can't believe you have to ask!



And we call it All-Binny.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:40 PM

10. On the other side of the mountains,

big seeded watermelons are infrequent and much more $$ than they used to be.

Most that I see are seedless, in the "refrigerator" size category.

Not that I can't find a way to get the 3-footer in there long enough to get it cold.

I like mine seeded, and I actually eat the seeds instead of spit them.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:45 PM

11. It's been a few years since I've seen the "seeded" variety.

None of the markets near me seem to carry them. That's too bad, because the seedless melons just don't taste as good.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:02 PM

14. Hermiston, of course.

Just bought one today at Fred Meyers.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:26 PM

17. muscatine striped melons - Muscatine, Iowa

right next to the mighty Mississip

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 08:03 PM

18. The best ones I ever ate were in Turkey.

They were small, about the size of a cantaloupe, but absolutely stunningly good. The open air market in Samsun, on the Black Sea had them for a short time every summer.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:41 AM

19. I miss seeded watermelons

I can never find them anymore. Greatly prefer them to the seedless variety. Maybe farmer's markets would have them.

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Response to grasswire (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:15 AM

20. I found real watermelons (with seeds) in a local grocery today.

Everything is right about it. Everything. I don't understand why they are so difficult to find these days. There were 6 left in the bin. The personal melon balls overwhelmed the nearby shelves. It seems I'm not the only one who craves real melons.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #20)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:17 AM

21. yeah, growers have deprived us of beautiful seeded watermelons.

How's a kid going to learn to spit melon seeds these days??

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