Behind the French Menu.
Cavaillon – Cavaillon the town, and Cavaillon the melon. Cavaillon the town, has played many roles in French history, but is far more famous, internationally, for its melons; the Melon de Cavaillon.
This is a unique melon; not just a sweet melon or a pleasant melon. The Melon de Cavaillon has a taste and fragrance that is different; you will remember your first Melon de Cavaillon when another is offered even years later.
The Cavaillon melon is nearly round, with a yellow-green skin, and dark green stripes that uniformly mark it. In season, from mid-June through September, the air in an open market where they are selling these melons can be quite heady. Inside a ripe Cavaillon melon the flesh is sweet and orange colored; the taste is sweet but far from sugary. Its taste is truly different.
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