I think it is time for me to confess that I am not the most adventurous person in the world when it comes to food (or anything else, come to think of it). But I also get gastronomically bored with the same things for dinner and snacks over and over again, so I had to find a little bit of courage and try new things or die of food boredom. I was afraid if I didn’t branch out, I would succumb to the temptation to go back to my old ways just because I found dinner uninspiring. Now, almost every time I go to the grocery store, I try to pick up at least one thing that I’ve never tried before and see if I like it. For the most part, I have liked everything we have tried and look forward to trying other things.
The latest little gem I have found is a little melon called a Galia. This particular fruit is a hybrid of two different melons, and it has a beautiful sunrise yellow hue to its rind when it is ripe enough to eat. I picked one up at Trader Joe’s the other day, brought it home, and it sat on my kitchen counter for a few days before I finally decided it was time to cut it open and give it a try.
All I can say is WOW! I wish I had tried this melon a long time ago. It has a consistency like a cantaloupe with juicy, tender flesh, but it has the sweetness of a honeydew with just a hint of spice. It’s kind of like eating a cantaloupe that’s been infused with extra sugar mixed with lime. Actually, as I type this, I have figured out it’s really rather difficult to describe the taste precisely, but I will say this. If you like cantaloupe and honeydew melons, you will love this melon.
One other great thing about this is we bought a melon with a sticker on it that said it was one of Mike’s Melons. Having never heard of the company and being completely interested in the origins of most everything I eat these days, I had to look it up. Mike’s Melons is a company in Honduras that practices sustainable agriculture and has brought jobs and income to a depressed area of the country. And, if that wasn’t enough to make me feel good about purchasing the fruit, this company also puts five percent of their profits back into the community around them, helping to build programs to help those who need it most. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find their website here.
So, if you’re looking for a great dessert that is healthy, naturally sweet, and nutritionally rich, I highly recommend this Galia melon. If you really want to feel good about what you’re eating, buy one of Mike’s Melons, if you can find them. You get a great dessert and get to feel great about yourself while you do it.