Garden Recipe: Honeydew Melon with Toasted Peanuts and Southeast Asian Herbs

The light, refreshing taste of honeydew melon delights in this simple recipe.


| December 2009/January 2010


The sweetest rewards of any garden are its melons, and the Seed Savers Exchange and its members are currently maintaining more than 400 varieties of melons.

Honeydew melon certainly ranks as an esteemed dessert fruit, though in France it was once the custom to eat melons before the meal. Cultivated since antiquity, melons originated in Persia and were first recorded being grown in Egypt about 2400 B.C. Brought to the New World during the 16th century, our present varieties may not date back that far, but the delicious characteristics that we enjoy today were also found in ancient melons.

Honeydew Melon With Toasted Peanuts and Southeast Asian Herbs

Ingredients:

1 1/2 quarts honeydew melon, peeled, cored and cut into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, roasted and diced

Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/8 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp coriander seed
1 pod star anise
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 1/2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tsp dark sesame oil

Toppings:
2 tbsp fresh chopped mint
2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
2 tbsp fresh chopped Thai basil
1/4 cup toasted cracked peanuts





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