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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:18 am 
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I've managed to grow a Galia type melon (just the one :-D ). As I'm a Brit I'm not used to them - how do I know when its ripe? Its changed in the last few days from green to yellow and it feels quite heavy for its size so I'm guessing it might be ready? If I do harvest it in error a bit sooner than ideal, will it ripen off the plant?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:59 am 
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I've had this question about several types of fruits since my son started "researching" the new Pikmin 3 game while waiting for it to be released. He's come across some weird and wonderful types of fruit, and we've actually been able to find a few at the local markets.

A quick Google search will usually reveal a few pages and videos showing you what to look for in different fruit varieties.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:03 am 
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For the Aussies, I think it's a type of rock melon. Yes it will change colour as it approaches maturity and develop a wonderful smell. When it's very ripe the stem I'll come away, but that might be a little too ripe.

Best way really is to give it a good sniff. If it smells wonderful it will be great to eat.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Thank you! I'll go and give it a sniff :-D


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:41 pm 
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how did your melon go with the sniff test?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:06 am 
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Well its smells heavenly :-D We are going to eat it tonight, after pork chops on the barbie, with oven baked spuds and a lettuce from the garden. Oh and a glass of something :-D I'll report back on the melon :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:49 pm 
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You don't sound like a brit!!

Sounds lovely :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:15 am 
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Ah well, I am aunt to 2 aussie girls :-D

We didn't have the melon until yesterday as I made a lemon sponge on Sunday instead. However, I am pleased to report that the melon was delicious, absolutely perfectly ready so thank you for the top sniffing tip - beats sniffing chooks anyday :thumbs:

I am steadfastly ignoring the fact that I saw exactly the same variety on sale today at about 87 cents a kilo! I'm sure it cost me more in watering and seed!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:59 am 
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But THEY wouldn't have given you that great "grew it with my own two hands" feeling :)

Maybe next season you'll get a few more.

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