Montreal Melon(1)

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Montreal Melon(1)

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

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