Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A Japanese Musk Melon
At long last, here it is: a Shizuoka melon. I got it as a gift, but I know that it was purchased from a Japanese market here in Singapore for S$79 (US$55). Why was mere fruit so darned expensive? Apparently only a few melons are grown on a single tree; others get removed so as to allow the nutrients to concentrate on the remaining fruit.
And the result was a ridiculously sweet, juicy, and tender melon - so tender that a spoon basically went through it like a hot knife through butter. It was all about quality - notice how the shape of the melon was perfectly round. This bad boy yielded about ten slices, making it about US$5.50 a slice, or perhaps even US$2 a bite.
Yes, it was unnecessarily excessive (especially in this economy), but without a doubt an absolutely perfect melon in every way. If one hypothetically had enough money to start a meal with some otoro, move onto some wagyu, and then finish it off with some Shizuoka melon, then they'd really have a triple punch of egregiously expensive yet incredibly delicious Japanese ingredients.
Digested at 9:36 PM
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