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I walked with my colleague to RiverMarket today for the farmers' market and lunch at Middle Eastern Cuisine. I had a gyro (I would normally call this shwarma) with baba ganoush and stuffed grape leaves. I suppose a more accurate name would be "Lebanese Cuisine" but I'm going to restrain my foodie tendencies.

There were only a few tables at the farmers' market; Saturday is the big day. I bought a couple of small bunches of basil and a large slice of yellow watermelon. I'd never seen yellow watermelon before our California visit in 2004. Delicious.

An absolutely gorgeous day here in Little Rock. I'm glad I had a chance to break out of Cubicle City, just for a short while.
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On September 19th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Does it still taste like watermelon? And does it come in seedless? How bizarre.

On September 20th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
never heard of it before...sure looks pretty though. and yummy.
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On September 20th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Lovely synchronicity--I finished off our yellow watermelon last night.

Yes, it still tastes like watermelon, though if you eat the different varieties side-by-side (I'm also a fan of the orange) you can discern subtle differences.

I don't think they've yet achieved seedless yellow or orange watermelons.

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On September 21st, 2006 07:26 am (UTC), flemmarde commented:
is it engineered or naturally occuring?
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On September 21st, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Good question! The farmer's market here is pretty organic so I'm assuming it's one of those rarer but natural species.
On September 21st, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Yeah, I'm pretty sure they're heirloom varieties. Just like black, green, yellow, orange and striped tomatoes, and purple, yellow, red and green carrots.

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On September 26th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC), xushbin commented:
Oh my God!
That will have to go into our family's food-of-the-wrong-colour dinners (usually consisting of white asparagus, green tomatoes, red carrots, purple potatoes, etc.).

I saw watermelons without stripes in Tajikistan. I almost cried- they looked so naked!

Yellow I can deal with but stripeless is not allowed.
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On September 26th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: Oh my God!
The taste trumps the appearance though - yummy! I think the stripes were very light on this 'melon.
On September 26th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC), xushbin replied:
Re: Oh my God!
I find that very often, the wrong-colour foods are much tastier than the normal-colour foods, so I'm not surprised. Purple potatoes are absolutely wonderful: they taste like potatoes, but more potatoey. Really delightful.

I refuse the naked watermelons on principle, however. I just don't see the point. Surely, whatever they wanted to get from the watermelon, they could have got without losing the stripes?
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