Once upon a time, the Montreal melon

September 6, 2009 ,

By the end of the 19th century and until the 1930s, Quebec was well-known for it’s Montreal melon which was sold at a hefty price in all North-Eastern USA, and found only in the finest restaurants.

The Montreal melon was notably large (approximately 6 kg) with pale green flesh and a spicy nutmeg taste. It was typically grown on the South side of Mont-Royal where it would benefit from fertile grounds and good sunlight.

Unfortunately, urban development in the 1950s, which transformed these fields into residential zones, as well as the competition from other melons that were easier to grow, eventually led to the disappearance of the Montreal melon in our markets. In the past few years, amateur gardeners have started to grow it again in a community garden in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, but production has proven to be far too small for all to enjoy.

Be that as it may, I encourage you to take advantage of the local production of melons which is at its highest peak in the season. In addition to the classic Prosciutto and Melon, try this week’s Shrimp and Melon Salad à la Thai. Bon appétit!

Shrimp and Melon Salad à la Thai

Shrimp and Melon Salad à la Thai


Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on September 5, 2009.


Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

2 comments to “Once upon a time, the Montreal melon”

September 9, 2009 Jim H. said:

Very interesting: I had heard about the mysterious Montreal melon, but did not know where to find it. Do you know in which NDG community garden I could actually see it?

Cinzia Cuneo
September 9, 2009 Cinzia said:

Hi Jim,

We found the mysterious Montreal Melon at NDG’s Phoenix Community Garden. Here is a photo that our Edimaster took, but as you can see, she arrived too late to see the plant with the fruit – it had sadly already been picked.

Montreal Melon

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