We’re always excited to get new varieties of produce in at Fair Shares, especially when they’re actually not new at all. This beauty from Lee Farms is a rediscovered heirloom watermelon that dates back to the 1920s (Your forebears probably enjoyed it when it seemed that one of the prerequisites for American presidency was an alliterative name – HH, CC).
Called Moon and Stars for the distinctive yellow speckling on the rind, this is an old-time melon. Not too sweet. Generously seeded. With a run-down-your-arms juiciness that betokens everything good about true Americana.
The eating of an heirloom is not just a privilege, but a responsibility. With it comes the task of maintaining the associated food traditions inherent in its history, both through practice and education. The heritage of Moon and Stars is a time-honored American one of sitting outside and dispensing of the seeds through the increasingly infrequent practice of spitting. Do not let this knowledge be lost to subsequent generations. Pass it on!