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Monday, July 31, 2006
Crazy for melons
However, I haven't yet come across answers to a curious custom that seems to cut across ethnic lines. When I was growing up, my second-generation German-immigrant relatives put salt on watermelon and pepper on canteloupe. I've talked to other people whose families reversed that -- pepper on watermelon, salt on canteloupe. It's not difficult to see where the impetus comes from. Salt or pepper would offset and even heighten a melon's sweetness. But how did they decide which one got the salt and which got the pepper?