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France: Start of the Quercy melon harvest

Benefiting for 15 years from a PGI, the Quercy melon started appearing on the market stalls at the beginning of last week.

“The months of May and June were rainy and not very warm, so we expected to have quite some delay but with the heatwave of the end of June, the Quercy melon arrived almost at its usual time, at the beginning of July. It has been available since the start of last week,” explains Bernard Borredon, president of the interprofessional union of the Quercy melon, on Totem radio.

According to the producer, these first melons are very pleasant in taste, loaded with sugars and flavors. “When the sun shines, the melon regains its flavors quickly and as producers, we are pleased because we start the season fast.”

The Quercy melons will be available on market stalls and in supermarkets until October. Slightly more expensive than standard melons, the Quercy melon should be a great success this summer, thanks to a generous after-season.

Bernard Borredon also took the opportunity to list the characteristics of a good melon again. “For a melon to be good, the stalk must come off. The tail of the melon must be fresh, not too dry, otherwise the melon has more than a week. It can still be tasty but not great because it has already aged. So the tail needs to be fresh, it must come off easily and finally, it must be heavy. The heavier, the better, for the same volume. Usually, there is no problem with Quercy melons, but there are also other varieties on the stalls.”


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