Heirloom Organics at the SF Ferry Plaza Market had beautiful, sweet, wonderful Moon and Stars Watermelons this week.
It has been YEARS since I've had a really good watermelon and this is one of the best I've had in my life.
The melon gets its name from the beautiful pattern of bright yellow spots (stars) and a single large yellow moon-like spot (pictures below).
I need a Chibi, Limster or one of you other great food posters to write a description of this melon that does it justice.
Very sweet, very red, very crisp, very juicy, absolutely delicious flesh. Even before putting it in the fridge, it was cool and refreshing.
Perfectly ripe, the rind cracked when I sliced it.
This melon whose origin is traced to the Volga River region of Russia, was introduced in the United States in 1926. It is also described as an Amish heirloom variety.
Although widely grown in the 1930's, it disappeared until the early 1980's where it was discoverd in Missouri.
A man named Merle Van Doren had been maintaining the seed for many decades.
Early this summer I saw a picture of it on the web and I thought it really looked beautiful. Since it was an heirloom, I didn't think I'd have much chance of trying it.
I was surprised to see it this morning at the market. If you never buy anything else at the market, if it is available next week, I HIGHLY recommend buying one.
Heirloom Organics is the lettuce stand across from Hayes Street Grill.