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Old 06-04-2019, 11:15 PM
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Salt on Melons (esp. Water Melon)


I'm starting to see water melons in the grocery and it reminded me of a difference between my wife and I. I absolutely have to have salt on my water melon and pretty much all other melons. My wife thinks this is crazy and said she occasionally will put sugar on a melon which I think is nuts.

My mindset goes back to riding a tractor when I was young with an old relative in Tennessee into the melon patch... picking out a nice one, bringing it back and there was always a salt shaker nearby.

So, salt on melons or no?

I'll admit though that even if everyone else says no salt I won't change.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:15 AM
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I"ve heard of this practice, but I don't think I've ever seen it IRL. No salt on my melons for me, thank you very much.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:29 AM
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Never tried it with watermelon. Tried it a few times with typical breakfast melons, it helps bring out the flavor, sometimes. If you have some bland melon then try it sometime.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:41 AM
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I've never salted a melon. But I've had melon with prosciutto, which i suppose it's similar. It feels like a weird combination to me. But hey, if you live it, you should do it.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:44 AM
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Salt makes watermelon sweeter. Pass me that salt shaker. I got a slice of melon to eat.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:20 AM
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As a child in the 70's, I remember relatives putting salt on watermelon. Haven't seen it since.
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:39 AM
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I don't put salt directly on watermelon, but I do eat it with feta cheese, which is very salty. It's a Greek thing, I think.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:14 AM
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I was a salter up until about 3 years ago.

Now I just want to enjoy the sweetness of the WM. And get rehydrated while I'm at it.


Still put black pepper on cantaloupe though.
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Old 06-05-2019, 03:18 AM
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My Mother puts salt on everything including her watermelon. I don't get it but she can't be without it. Dad will occasionally sprinkle a little on but not to the level she does. My boys are equally split, youngest says no way, oldest enjoys a little.
BTW we just had watermelon tonight for and it was delicious. (without salt of course)
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Old 06-05-2019, 03:56 AM
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I've tried both salt and sugar on various melons and fruits. It does give a different taste but... honestly, I prefer the unchanged flavor and don't salt or sugar things like that anymore.

Honestly, I'm baffled by people who put sugar on things like melons and strawberries. Really? They're already pretty sweet on their own.
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:54 AM
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Just yesterday I cut up a watermelon and contemplated trying it with a little salt, like I'd heard some folks do.

But I quickly decided that I would like it, and more salt in my diet is the last thing I need.


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Old 06-05-2019, 07:28 AM
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Of course not. Salt on sweet items are an abomination.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:39 AM
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As a child in the 70's, I remember relatives putting salt on watermelon. Haven't seen it since.
Same here. Mostly mom's side of the family, and especially my grandpa. I've tried it, it's OK, but I like my watermelon just fine without it.
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I remember the tour at Dole in Hawaii, a long time ago, used to have salt near the pineapple samples.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:49 AM
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Salt on watermelon.

Pepper on cantaloupe.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:49 AM
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I don't do it, myself. But it's well-known that a little bit of salt, in addition to adding a salty flavor, also enhances whatever other flavors (like sweetness) a dish already has. And in the specific case of something like a melon, it probably makes it "juicier", too.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:50 AM
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I was going to ask if pineapple was a melon. (Or is it an apple? ) My brother in law would grill thick pineapple slices after the steaks/burgers were done and the slices picked up salt that way. Quite tasty.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:55 AM
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It's very common around here. I've also seen it done on Granny Smith apples.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:59 AM
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I've never put salt directly on a watermelon or other melon, but I can see how the sweet / savoury combo could appeal.

One of our favourite summer recipes is a feta cheese & watermelon salad. I cringed at the thought, but the saltiness of the feta goes great with the sweetness of the watermelon. Make that for your wife one day and that may be the thin end of the wedge to covert her.

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Apples - I recall growing up that it was common to put salt on apples.

Cottage Cheese - My wife and I have the same debate about cottage cheese. She salts and sometimes peppers it, which I find repulsive. I add sweet ingredients like fruit and or sugar. This seems to rooted in the fact that she was raised to believe that cottage cheese is in the cheese family like cheddar. In my house, cottage cheese was a dairy product like yogurt, so you added sweet ingredients. We still find each other's preference revolting.
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Here in my area, they put salt and ground chili on watermelon. But then they put ground chili on just about everything.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:09 AM
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I will salt a particularly underripe watermelon because the flavor is better than the plain melon. But a good watermelon is preferable unsalted.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:15 AM
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Yup I have salted watermelon since I was a child! My husband thinks it is gross and will bring it up now and then at a cookout. Sometimes there are others like me. (usually my family tho LOL) cant wait to try pepper on cantaloupe

Husband also thinks it's weird that I put salt and PEPPER on corn on the cob.
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Salt on cantaloupe, but not on watermelon. Dem's da rules - sorry.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:21 AM
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Salt on watermelon and cantaloupe, definitely. I notice that neither my wife nor my kids have copied my habit, however.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:54 AM
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Salt on watermelon is disgusting. Salt on apples is just as bad.

People who salt watermelon are probably the types who add salt to McDonald's burgers and fries.
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Salt on cantaloupe, but not on watermelon. Dem's da rules - sorry.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:57 AM
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Southerner. Absolutely salt watermelon. Very common here. But not ubiquitous - plenty of people don't. Never heard of putting sugar on watermelon until I was an adult.

Don't eat any other types of melon so can't comment there.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:08 AM
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I've never put salt directly on a watermelon or other melon, but I can see how the sweet / savoury combo could appeal.
I love sweet & savory, but just plain salt doesn't do it for me. And people salt apples, too? I have never heard of that. But apples eaten with a handful of salted nuts, sign me up! Or melon & prosciutto. Yum! Or salty cheese paired with fruit (usually preserves) on a cracker. Yes please.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:19 AM
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On cantaloupe and melon, I've heard of, but not watermelon. I've tried it on the first two and just didn't care for it.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:34 AM
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It's not a sweet / savory deal. Salt (well, table salt) isn't savory of course. It actually makes it sweeter. Both by suppressing bitterness and a direct mechanism for sweetening.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:44 AM
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Watermelon? Pass the salt. And no snarky comments, please.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:49 AM
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Growing up salt on watermelon was common. I've put salt on watermelon as recently as yesterday. More often than not these days I just eat it plain.

Sugar on melons seems like overkill to me.
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:59 AM
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I'm from the south. Pass me that salt shaker. Definitely salting watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew. Also lemons, limes, grapefruit. I don't tend to salt oranges or tangerines, but they're in the minority here.
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It's a southern thing. Yes
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:59 PM
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Salt brightens the flavor of watermelon (never tried it on other melons). I'm not from the south and no one from my family is either. Learned it from my dad. I no longer put salt on my watermelons, however. If the melon is good and crisp and sweet, it doesn't need enhancing. Plus, the less salt I eat, the better.
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Husband also thinks it's weird that I put salt and PEPPER on corn on the cob.
He'd really think it weird that South Asians tend to put lemon and cayenne pepper on corn on the cob (the best way to eat it, IMO).

I didn't salt watermelon until a few years back, and now I think it's far superior to do it that way.
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Salt makes watermelon sweeter.
This. Salt enhances flavors. Nobody poo-poos salted caramel.
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My dad put salt on watermelon only. My mom salted other melons, excluding watermelon. Whatever works.
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I'm from the south. Pass me that salt shaker. Definitely salting watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew. Also lemons, limes, grapefruit. I don't tend to salt oranges or tangerines, but they're in the minority here.
Another Southerner here. Mom taught me to salt watermelon if it "needed" it due to bland flavor. She also lightly salted grapefruit and let it stand for a few minutes before eating. Mom said this cut the acidity. I wasn't sure that this was correct, chemically speaking, but I knew better than to argue with Mom. And she was right about the improved flavors. These two fruits are the only ones that Mom salted, though.
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Tennessee native here; my parents (both from North Carolina) salt their melon. I stop short of saying that salted melon is an abomination, but you’ll never see me eat it. My wife grew up with in the Baltimore/DC area, and I’ve never seen her salt her melon. Son’s girl friend is visiting from NY state; I’ll try and remember to ask her.
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He'd really think it weird that South Asians tend to put lemon and cayenne pepper on corn on the cob (the best way to eat it, IMO).
Around here, the Mexican way is lime, hot pepper, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese. Now that's the best way to eat it!
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When I was a kid in Georgia, salting a watermelon was a normal thing to do. Seems I remember that I liked it. Then I got older, tastes changed, decided I didn't like anything about the whole grainy/seedy/sticky mess.

Black pepper on cantelopes? No, they should be buried in a shallow grave.
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My mother taught us to sugar rhubarb, but a neighbor insisted it should be dipped in salt. I would eat it either way until I got older and discovered that I disliked rhubarb intensely.

HMS Irruncible, there are a lot of varieties of what we call cantaloupe. Some are delicious, others are flavorless. I love me some Chanterais melon, but plain old muskmelon rarely tastes good.
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Yankee. I've always put salt on watermelon, and as an adult, discovered the joy of salt on cantaloupe.

Salt on peaches is also delicious.
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When I was a kid (in rural Louisiana, if region matters), salt on watermelon was just the way things were done. I've since learned that I prefer it without salt. I've also found that I prefer it at close to room temperature, rather than ice-cold.
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Lurking in this thread made me buy a honeydew and a personal-sized watermelon yesterday. I used to eat (only) watermelon with salt, but I haven't for years. Maybe I'll try it again.
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Salt on cantaloupe and watermelon, like my grandfather. Also salt on pumpkin pie, just before eating.

They sell cottage cheese with chives or Swiss herbs or bell pepper with cayenne pepper or plain. I only buy the plain and put honey on it.

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One of our favourite summer recipes is a feta cheese & watermelon salad. I cringed at the thought, but the saltiness of the feta goes great with the sweetness of the watermelon.
Even my husband, who is notorious for his fussy eating habits, enjoys this salad. Who would have thunk?
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I've always salted watermelon and cantaloupe. I was fairly old before I found out some other people don't.
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I also put salt and pepper on my corn on the cob. I'd seen my dad do it for decades but it looked like too much work for me and in addition salt is bad for you mkay? But then I tried it and it makes it taste amazing, so now I am a confirmed salter.
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