Cantaloupe is another summer treat that is no good unless it is eaten in season. There is nothing worse than eating a pale, dry, and tasteless melon in the dead of winter–except maybe eating a pale, mealy, tasteless tomato.
Out-of-season-over-traveled fruit and veggies give their in-season-locally-grown relatives a bad name. Who wouldn’t hate mushy pale peas or tough woodsy green beans? I swear that kids would be a whole lot more excited about eating fruits and veggies if they were eating them in season. The fact that you can call an irradiated apple that was shipped from another continent in January by the same name as one picked in August from just outside your town is sad. They taste nothing alike. If you had a blind taste test between the two, they would be categorized as different fruits entirely. Same goes for about a million other fruits and vegetables.
That being said, my summer cantaloupe is fantastic right now. Just as a fresh summer tomato should be eaten with salt while listening to Janis Joplin’s Summertime, a cantaloupe should be eaten without a fork with while listening to Miles Davis.