#56 / Melon de Cavaillon
Cavaillon (my local town) is famous for its melons. There is a chef here called Jean-Jaques Prévôt who is melon mad. He cooks with melon, he serves a MacPrevot with melon, he paints melons, he paints using melons, he exhibits melons, he talks about melons on the television and on the radio. The Pizzeria run by Ludo and Bertrand called L’Aiglon (best Pizza in the Luberon by the way) features a Prevot-inspired melon centric Pizza designed to celebrate the sweet bright orange flesh of this sun soaked fruit.
This time a year ago my default method for checking to see if a melon was ripe, was to sniff the bottom of it. That was until I was told that if I pushed the stork with my thumb a little, it would break off easily if the fruit was ripe. We bought this melon from the road side shack five minutes drive from us and to check for us, the guy pushed the stork to break it and said c’est bon pour manger ce soir.