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  • 1. Montreal Melon Marc Chartrand, woohoo week 16
  • 2. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    • Large melon, 10-15lbs, that is prized for its unique sweet & spicy flavor with tones of nutmeg
    • a.k.a the “Queen of Melons”
    • Very popular between 1900-1930
    • The price of the melon cost more than steak
    • http://www.montrealmelon.com/
  • 3. Why in the ark of taste?
    • Roots of the melon are traced from the late 17 th C.;early French settlers that moved to Montreal
    • Fits the slow food movement; very labor intensive, the generous size made it difficult to grow and transport
    • Rind is very thin and therefore bruises quite easily
    • Horse manure was a great fertilizer for the melon; the automotive boom made the manure less accessible
    • All these factors prevented the Montreal melon from being part of the “agribusiness”; food that is easy and quick to produce without much labor
    • We need to save our melons
  • 4. What are they doing to save our melons?
    • Eco-Initiative (based out of Montreal) rekindled the desire to have the melon back in production
    • 1995- Barry Lazar (filmmaker and journalist) found old seeds at the University of Ames, Iowa, USA
    • With the help of organic and local farmers the melon is now resurrected (ie. Ken Taylor-Windmill Farm Organics in Montreal)
    • Best adapted to the rich soil of the Montreal slopes, in the suburbs of Montreal city
    • The melon is still not in commercial production and is still at risk
    • Forecast 12-15 years before the melon will reach minimal significance and can be shared provincially
    • The melons can and will be saved