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Melon of po Delta


DESCRIPTION:

Melone del Delta PolesanoMelon (Cocumis melo) obtained from the variety reticulatus with netted peel and the cantalupensis, with smooth peel, grown in suitable soils with non-intensive techniques.
The “Melon of Po Delta” before it is released for consumption must have the following characteristics:

Smooth fruited varieties
Epicarp: smooth with fine greenish-yellow peel.
Shape: spherical medium sized with generally unfurrowed surface.
Size: the circumference varies from 30 to 45 cm.
Average weight: varies from 1 to 2.5 kg, depending on the conditions of cultivation.
Sugar concentration: the refractometric degree is over 13 ° Brix
Flavour: sweet, aromatic.

Netted varieties
Epicarp: netted, characterized by easily determinable slices and by well-defined netting uniformly covering the surface of the fruit. The colour of the peel is a uniform light yellow-greenish except for the slice lines that are a light green colour.
Shape: spherical and ovoid.
Size: the circumference varies from 30 to 45 cm.
Weight: it varies from 1 to 2.5 kg. according to growing conditions. The flesh varies from a bright salmon colour to a bright orange according to the type.
Sugar concentration: the refractometric degree is over 13 ° Brix
Flavour: sweet, aromatic.


PRODUCTION AREA:

The typical production area of “Delta” includes the eastern most part of the extreme Polesine plain formed by debris and carry-overs of the Po River and by subsequent reclamation work that made cultivation possible. It concerns the following communes: Adria, Ariano nel Polesine, Corbola, Papozze, Pettorazza Grimani, Porto Viro, Taglio di Po and Porto Tolle.
Production is concentrated mainly in the communes of Porto Tolle, Taglio di Po and Adria and during the period from June to August.


BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND HISTORY:

“Since these (melons) are used more frequently during the day, we notice man is not content to have just one or two melons on the table, he wants dozens, both in case he should not find them good, both for the greed with which he eats them, for these reasons the fruit sellers have thought of a way to procure them in abundance” (V. Tanara, L’Economia del cittadino in villa. 1761).
According to the agricultural survey concerning the Polesine, the cultivation of melons and watermelons has undergone a considerable increase in the last century, so much so that “as well as local consumption, there is a fairly good volume of export. More landowners are granting a few hectares of land for the cultivation of these products in return for half the proceeds.
In recent decades the cultivation of “Melon of Po Delta” has really taken-off due to natural conditions and noticeable improvements in the farming methods and in the facilities for conditioning, packaging, marketing and selling, as well as proper implementation of all those services related to logistics.


GEOGRAPHY:

The soil suitable for the cultivation of “Melon of Po Delta” is franco-clay and franco-silt typical of the cultivation area, characterized by neutral-alkaline pH and high salinity that derives from the genesis of the soil.
The soil, its lightweight salinity, the proximity of the sea with its breezes, structures for production which are aggregated and organized, harvesting, conservation and commercialization constitutes a chain along which knowledgeable producers are able to offer a product which is sought after and desired by the most important domestic and foreign markets.


SEASONALITY:

The melon is an annual plant, of the cucurbitaceous family. Rich in vitamin A and C, as well as a good dose of potassium, the melon contains mostly a lot of water, which makes it a typical summer fruit and very thirst-quenching. It is native to the tropical belt of Africa and Asia.
If there is a best period to consume melon, it is during the summer months, when the fruit has all its strength, properties and aroma.


USEFUL TO KNOW:

“Melons are like women, there is no middle ground, they are either good and tasty, or they aren't”. So reads a Polesine saying. The melons are really good and tasty with a typical flavour, very sweet but with a salty aftertaste.
There is a close link between the local Delta del Po territory and the organoleptic characteristics of the Delta melon. The area has a continental climate and is influenced by the proximity of the sea that tempers variations in temperature, particularly low temperatures.
The melon is important for its nutritional value, indeed it is rich in beta carotene i.e.: vitamin A, but also vitamin B, C and PP, and all this with low calorie content.
Nutritionally this fruit has a low energy value (from 20 to 40 calories per 100 grams); on the other hand, it is rich in sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) vitamins (A and C), minerals (potassium, sodium, calcium and phosphorus).
It has refreshing properties and aids the digestive process (but is not recommended to those who have dyspepsia and enteric disorders). It has mildly laxative properties.


MARKETING:

Before marketing “Melon of Po Delta” for consumption special packaging must be carried out and a special mark added if standards are met.
The containers must be of a single layer of 30x40cm or 30x50cm. In any case must they must be sealed in such a way that the contents cannot be retrieved without breaking the seal.
After harvest, the melon is transferred to local fruit and vegetable markets where after being packaged with the special mark, it is ready for retail.
The product entered for consumption must bear the endorsement “Melon of Po Delta” followed by the words Protected Geographical Indication (I.G.P.).


LEGISLATION:

The national authority in for the coordination of control activities is the Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policy, while the controls are carried out by public or private bodies authorized by Decree of the Ministry for Agricultural Policy, approved by the Veneto Council, in conformity with reg. EEC 2081/92 art. 10, M.D., 18.12.1997, Bill 128, 24.04.1998 art. 53 and M. D. of 29/05/1998.


MARKET OF REFERENCE:

Fruit and vegetable market of Rosolina
Via Po Brondolo 43
45010 Rosolina (RO)
Tel. 0426 664029 / 0426 340261
Wholesale and retail: from Monday to Friday-morning and afternoon




Gastronomy:

MELON

A nice fresh slice of melon after a meal is a true delight: it may be accompanied by cured ham, it may be chopped for fruit salads and goes well with ice cream.



RISOTTO AND PO DELTA MELON SCENTED SHRIMP

Risotto al MeloneIngredients
400 Gr. of carnaroli rice (or any risotto rice which does not overcook), 1 medium sized Po Delta melon 2 shallots, 250 g. shelled shrimp
saffron, a knob of butter, olive oil, freshly milled pepper, 125 gr of fresh soft cheese, vegetable broth, salt.

Method
Cut the melon and remove the seeds from the centre.
Cut one half into small dice; liquidize the other half in the mixer; keep everything covered in the fridge. In a large low saucepan melt the butter with the oil, then add finely chopped shallots. When soft, add the rice and toast for a few minutes. At this point add the broth, half the diced melon and the shrimp. Just before done, add cheese to cream the risotto then add the melon juice mixed with the saffron, mix together well, adjust seasoning and remove from heat.
Serve in warm dishes and garnish with the remaining melon cubes.




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