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Central Asian melons adding new flair to the marketplace

September 7, 2010 | 10:16 am

Here's a sneak peek at one of the stories in Thursday's Food section:

When you think of melons, do you think cantaloupe and watermelon? Then you are in for a treat. David Karp, our resident expert on all things fruits and veggies, examines a most unusual melon harvest: Immigrants from such places as Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and China's Xinjiang region yearn for the melons of home. Some grow the varieties here, which has led to some delicious cross-pollination. Read on here.

Plus, check out David's photo gallery look at melon harvest, and look over his weekly farmers market report, which gives you the inside track on what's arriving at local stands.

-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: The Hami melon harvest at Sandstone Marketing's fields in Huron, on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Credit: David Karp / For The Times