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"How should melon be eaten? Not with a spoon, as is usual in restaurants.....The back of the spoon anaesthetizes the taste buds! In this way, it loses half of its flavor. Melon should be eaten with a fork."
From article 'Propos de table'
by J. De Coquet in June 1982 'Figaro'
"They (melons) never do me any harm when they are very good, when I eat them while very hungry and before the meat, as the doctors order."
Henri IV of France (1589-1610)
“Men & Melons are hard to know.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’
“Success to me is having ten honeydew melons, and eating only the top half of each one.”
“Watermelon -- it's a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.”
“Many wagon-loads of enormous water-melons were brought to market every day, and I was sure to see groups of men, women, and children seated on the pavement round the spot where they were sold, sucking in prodigious quantities of this water fruit. Their manner of devouring them is extremely unpleasant; the huge fruit is cut into half a dozen sections, of about a foot long, and then, dripping as it is with water, applied to the mouth, from either side of which pour copious streams of the fluid, while, ever and anon, a mouthful of the hard black seeds are shot out in all directions, to the great annoyance of all within reach. When I first tasted this fruit I thought it very vile stuff indeed, but before the end of the season we all learned to like it. When taken with claret and sugar it makes a delicious wine and water.”
Frances Trollope (1780-1865)
‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’ (1832)
“The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world's luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.”
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)”
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