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fernwithy
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Salt on melons
Okay, in the last Teddy segment, I had him casually reach for salt for a bowl of melon at breakfast. Enough people went, "Huh?" that I'm going to change it to a plate of eggs, but I'm curious now, since at least one other person mentioned hearing of it and thinking it was generational.

So... salt on melons. Who's heard of it? Who hasn't? What might contribute to this vast and challenging mystery? :p

(And if it is generational, when do you think it changed?)


Have you ever heard of putting salt on melons? (Cantaloupes, mushmelons, whatever)

Sure--I do it myself sometimes
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I've heard of it, but don't do it myself
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I've heard of it, but only with older people
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I've heard of it, but only in certain places
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Put WHAT on a melon? What the...?
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mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: October 11th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Salt on melons is delicious. It makes it sweeter without making it cloying.

It's why people wrap honeydew with prosciutto.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 11th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't done it for ages, now I'm sort of craving it.
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: October 11th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I put salt on grapefruit - although that's how my grandmother always made it for me, so it could very well be generational.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 11th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think think that generation is obsessed with getting enough salt. Grandma's husband used to take salt tablets for no good reason, and they both salt hamburgers as a matter of course. (Grandma also butters everything, including peanut butter sandwiches and, again, hamburgers, but I think that's just her.)
neotoma From: neotoma Date: October 11th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's something my mom does more than I do, but I've had it, and it's pretty good.
allie_meril From: allie_meril Date: October 11th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can't say that I've heard of it before, but I do want to try it now... :D
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: October 11th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hadn't ever heard of it, but I suppose since I dip French fries in milkshakes I can kind of see the appeal.
plaid_slytherin From: plaid_slytherin Date: October 11th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
French fries in milkshakes

I thought I was the only one! :DD
coffee_n_cocoa From: coffee_n_cocoa Date: October 11th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mom salted her cantaloupe, but I've never been fond of sweet/savory combinations so I eat mine plain.
norilou From: norilou Date: October 11th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mom, and most of her family, puts salt on watermelon and cantalope. I don't like the taste so I don't. I don't know if that maeks it generational or a matter of personal taste.
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: October 11th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the only way I can eat cantalope or honeydew melons, as I'm not that fond of them otherwise.
hylarn From: hylarn Date: October 11th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I've heard of it before, but I don't believe I've ever actually seen someone do it.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: October 11th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't enough about your commenters to know if it might be a US/UK thing? I'm from the Uk and I've never heard of anyone doing it - though I do often mix prosciuttio or parma ham with melon, with I suppose adds a bit of salt to it. I would (I'm so tempted to say 'take my views with a pinch of salt') not attribute too much signify to my contribution to this vastly important data though :D because my family never ever put salt on anything. I can't eat quite a lot of ready-made meals because they're too salty.
dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: October 11th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
there wasn't an option for "I've never heard of it, but I'll probably give it a shot next time a salt shaker and a melon are in easy reach," so I had to vote WTF instead.
tdu000 From: tdu000 Date: October 11th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never heard of it. However, melon was a rarity of itself when i was a child (in northern England during the sixties) so i doubt it's a generational thing in Britain. Rich people put them in fruit cocktails.
terrathree From: terrathree Date: October 11th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Romans used to season their melon with pepper, even. I tried it once; not too bad, but not something I'd do regularly.
karit From: karit Date: October 11th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I chose the last option, but I actually don't think it's weird at all; I've just never heard of it done before. I put salt on tons of things, I never thought to do it on melons... I'm definitely going to try it! I think it'd be yummy.

I put pepper on melons, myself. I think I got that from someone in my family, but I'm not sure if it's common around here (or anywhere) or just plain odd. I think salt is probably better, and I'm going to do that instead from now on. XD
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Pepper on Melons

My dad taught me to eat cantaloupe (muskmelon) with pepper. I've never met anyone else who does it, though. I like the spiciness that the pepper adds to the sweetness of the melon.
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: October 11th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard of the Japanese doing it, actually, especially with watermelon, because the sweet and sour mix nicely....something like that...
plaid_slytherin From: plaid_slytherin Date: October 11th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never heard of it. 19, from Maryland.

Since my mom called exactly right now, I'll ask her (60, born and raised in MD).

She says, "Oh, yeah, we did it all the time... on cantaloupes and the green ones... I always thought it was weird that people put salt on watermelon, though."
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

salt on melon

Sure. I will salt watermelon if it's not very good-- if it's not very flavorful. If it's good, I think it doesn't need salt. My mom salts watermelon and my dad peppers his cantaloupe, so perhaps it is generational! (They're both in their 60s.) Or maybe it's a Southern thing.
lyras From: lyras Date: October 11th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nevvererdovit! Is it maybe a UK/US thing (I am from the UK)?
silly_dan From: silly_dan Date: October 11th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's also the crucial "thirteen-year-old boys will eat weird stuff if you let them" factor....
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gross...

Yeah I've heard of it. It sounds nasty to me, but whatever. It does seem to be a generational thing. Most people my age think it's weird so that's why we don't do it I guess....
~sam
ladyvorkosigan From: ladyvorkosigan Date: October 11th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, but I have heard of salt on grapefruit.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: October 11th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd never heard of it, but my partner (who is a fair bit older than I am) had.
jetamors From: jetamors Date: October 11th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never heard of that before.
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: October 11th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The closest thing I've ever heard of is MIA singing "I salt and pepper my mango" in her song "Sunshowers" -she's Sri Lankan/British.
xtineebee From: xtineebee Date: October 11th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
It works best on honeydew, I think. Also, salt on *corn* is terrific - just a touch, and it is so much sweeter and you can avoid all that nasty butter.
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