Hi ya'l, .... here's our rare Giant Cantaloupe .......... 90 days. Cucumis melo....A very old variety thats near extinction.... The fruits weigh an average of 40 pounds and up, are 18 to 26 inches in length, and are elliptical or football-shaped.....Very extra-sweet melon...Annual, Heirloom..........Cantaloupe Pie recipe..."This makes an unusual pie--a conversation piece as well as tasting very delicious."......
Peak of ripeness, is when the fruit has turned a golden-yellow and they easily slip from vine......Has the sweetest aroma that will carry over a long distance.....Fun Facts : USA TODAY.com - Alaska man grows record-breaking cantaloupe " 64 pounder " .....health benefits, including improved immune system strength, healthy skin and eyes, reduced chances of cancer, healthy lungs, and decreased stress levels, as well as the prevention of arthritis and boosted management of diabetes. These attributes are mainly due to the high levels of vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in this popular melon....Stress and Anxiety: Potassium is one of the essential nutrients found in cantaloupes, Potassium also increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, which induces a calming sensation and a more relaxed attitude. Plus, reducing the presence of stress hormones in the body can seriously reduce symptoms of anxiety......Disclaimer - The herbal information on this post is intended for educational purposes.....Original source of cantaloupe was actually in Africa, Iran, and India..... The North American variety is actually closely related to muskmelon...... This is a Giant Cantaloupe! Melon has orange flesh that is very flavorful. Try growing a record size cantaloupe in the garden. They grow huge and tastes good too-they can grow to more than 50 lbs,-70-90 days to maturity. they're a fun/easy grow...................Cantaloupe are really a wonderful fruit…!! beautiful, delicious and nutritious !!
But even better is to grow a Giant one to Brag about !
.................Cantaloupe Pie recipe...................
1 cantaloupe 1/2 cup white sugar 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour,2 tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 egg yolks,1 tablespoon butter 1/4 teaspoon butter flavored extract 3 egg whites ,1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 6 tablespoons white sugar 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked, Add all ingredients to list
Select a cantaloupe of good quality. Cut in half, remove seeds, and scoop pulp into a saucepan. Place pulp over medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil. Mash the cantaloupe as it heats. This should make about 2 cups of pulp.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and salt. Add to heated cantaloupe and cook, stirring, until thick. The amount of flour seems large, but it takes considerable thickening to obtain correct consistency.
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks; add water to yolks. Add a little of the cantaloupe mixture to egg yolks in order to heat yolks gradually. Stir egg yolks mixture into cantaloupe mixture. Continue cooking, stirring, until thick and creamy. Remove from heat.
Add butter or margarine and flavoring to the cantaloupe mixture.
Pour into baked pie shell.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar together until frothy. Continue beating, adding the 6 tablespoons sugar gradually; beat until thick peaks form. Top the pie with this meringue.
Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) until delicately brown on top. .......