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Muscatine Melons
Susan Futrell
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Nothing signals summer in Iowa quite as well as a ripe, juicy slice of Muscatine melon, still warm from the sun.  Old-timers might add a pinch of salt, others a pinch of sugar. A sprinkling of lime juice and chopped mint can evoke sighs from the gourmet among us.  But the best way to taste the full Muscatine melon flavor is fresh from the field, with nothing added, juice dripping down your chin.

What makes a Muscatine melon taste as good as it does isn't just the type of muskmelon, but where it is grown.  The sandy soil near the Mississippi River south of Muscatine, Iowa, is ideal for fruit and vegetable production. Once called "the garden spot of Iowa" this truck-farming region has produced a wide variety of fruit and vegetable crops for over 150 years, but the area is best known for its sweet, juicy melons.

Other reports:

Muscatine Melon:
A case study of a place-based food in Iowa.

Economic analysis of current and potential Muscatine melon market.





this is a photograph of a muscatine melon


Muscatine melon

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Photo credits: Photos courtesy of Muscatine Library and the Growers Association.