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Montreal Melon (Costie)


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Montreal Melon (Costie)

  1. 1. Montreal Melons
  2. 2. History <ul><li>The Montreal melon is also known as the Montreal market muskmelon or the Montreal nutmeg melon. Ancient melon recently rediscovered and originated in Montreal </li></ul><ul><li>It is an ancient strand who’s origins are a mystery although an ancient strain of the fruit was grown in Montreal by the Jesuits as early as 1694. </li></ul><ul><li>Grown between the St. Lawrence River and Mount Royal. At one point it was the most popular variety of melon on the east coast of North America. </li></ul><ul><li>It is prized for its unique sweet and spicy flavour with tones of nutmeg </li></ul><ul><li>The large, well-netted, green-fleshed, highly aromatic Montreal melons were said to be the tastiest melons. The Decarie and Gorman families own the rights to the seeds so no seeds had been saved. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is it on Ark of Taste <ul><li>The Melon fell out of favour because with the advent of cars. There where no more horse drawn vehicles producing manure and that was the preferred fertiliser. Later the farms where bought up by urban expansion. </li></ul><ul><li>From 1906 the price went from $8-$10 a dozen to $25-$35 in 1921. By that time, a single slice of Montréal Melon in Boston hotels cost $1 or $1.50--more than the price of most steaks. </li></ul><ul><li>The melon is labour intensive to produce because it must be groomed and only choice picked melons are picked for further cultivation. Old-fashioned fruits like the Montreal melon fell out of favour, and many others were lost entirely. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preservation <ul><li>Barry Lazar a Montreal filmmaker found a few very old seeds in a seed bank maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the University of Ames, Iowa. Be began looking because of old stories about the melon and it great flavour. Ken Taylor an organic farmer from Windmill Farm Organics in Ile Perrot--a supplier of heritage seeds--was able to get one plant to germinate. It produced a sweet melon and plenty of seeds. </li></ul><ul><li>Many local farmers have started to grow the melon </li></ul><ul><li>The fertile soil on the western slopes of Mount Royal are best for the melon </li></ul><ul><li>Since ‘98 the YMCA-NDG has been ensuring proper handling and growing techniques preserving the melon. </li></ul>