I have a new food mantra: eat fruit, rare ones. To an outsider my fruit hunt might appear to be wild compulsion, but I am restrained even when I do buy the occasional fruit treasure at the market – usually no more than one pound or a small sampling of three. More often than not, the Asian vendors are surprised when I flood them with typical American questions about their fruits, but I’m no longer embarrassed about my ignorance and just ask away… because it’s important to know if you can eat the skin or not!
These apple-looking melons were almost hidden when I saw an old Asian lady pawing at them last Sunday. When I asked the vendor whether the skin was edible, the old lady wildly gesticulated that one was not to eat the skin, perhaps doing so might upset the gods. I can’t even describe her motions because at the time I was trying to suppress laughter for fear of coming across disrespectful. Honestly though, it was just cute, funny, and definitely helpful. When I’m old I think I will be the cranky kind of old lady and not the helpful kind with the charitable hand motions.
Anyways, the vendor called these Taiwan Melons, but I’ve yet to find confirmation on the internet and no one I know have seen them before. They are shaped like apples but when you cut them open, they have the color and texture of round cucumbers, but very sweet in comparison. I remove the seeds and eat them in thin slices, leaving as little skin as possible. I think it might be easier to peel them first? When selecting, choose the more yellow melons as they are sweeter.