academia barilla  August 2008
   

Ingredient of the Month of August: How to Choose a Melon

Welcome to a new blog post in the Ingredient of the Month [...]

academia-prosciutto-meloneWelcome to a new blog post in the Ingredient of the Month series! After introducing watermelon as a mid-summer dessert, today we introduce a strict relative of the watermelon as the ingredient of the month of August: the melon.

Chef Matteo Carboni of the Academia Barilla Culinary School gives us today a Chef tip: how to choose a ripe melon at the market. In Italy melon is a quite versatile ingredient, says Matteo; it used as an antipasto, for example with Prosciutto di Parma, and also as a dessert.

As Chef Matteo says in the video below, the first thing to check in a melon is its flavor that must have a strong and full, ripe smell.

Another important thing to verify before buying a ripe melon is the color of the side stripes. The melon is ripe, says Chef Carboni at the end of this video, when the green stripes have turned yellow.

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Thank you very much Chef Carboni for this short but interesting video. Tomorrow we will publish part two of the video; Chef Carboni will delight us with a gourmet recipe of the month using melon as the ingredient. Stay tuned!

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