Do You Salt ? or Not ?

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc MD 82788 DC SP97220

The other day I was in the office with a few other people at lunch time.  I was ready to dig into a ripe, juicy slice of cantelope.  I automatically reached for the salt shaker to sprinkle some on my cantelope.  It was delicious until I noticed 2 people looking at me like I was crazy and or really wierd and making that horrified, "eeewhh" type face.  What's wrong? What did I do ? ? 

The two people explained that they were grossed out because I put salt on my melon and why the heck did I do that?  I've always sprinkled salt on cantelope, waltermelon & honeydew melon.  In fact, I won't even eat any of these without salt (especially the honeydew melon).  They just don't taste right without it.  Salting melon comes second nature to me.

From the time I was a little kid, I remember eating watermelon outside at the beach or backyard in the summertime with my parents and brothers.  It was always served already sprinkled with salt or with the shaker right there beside it.  I even remember putiing salt on apples when I was growing up.

I think it is a Southern thing, a below the Mason - Dixon line custom.  My mother is from Virginia, my Dad from Maryland and I can't remember any of my relatives, at family gatherings that did not think sprinkling salt on melon was not the only way you eat it. 

The 2 people that were confused (horrified) the other day were from Wisconsin and Canada.

So, do you salt or not?



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Greg McCown
Century 21 1st American - Tucson, AZ

I have to admit I thought it was crazy the first time I saw someone salting a watermelon.  But being the adventurous teenager at the time I was always up for trying anything.  It wasn't bad at all.  Most of the time I still prefer it without, but every once in a while I'll throw some salt on.  If nothing else it's fun to get those weird looks from people that have never tried it.

Jun 01, 2011 12:18 PM #1
Richard Weeks
All Star Home Group - Dallas, TX
Realtor, Associate Broker

Grew up in Texas and my family salted.  Life would be a drag if everyone liked the samething.  But I don't get people putting salt in beer.

Jun 01, 2011 12:19 PM #2
Peggy Hughes
PHA/Peggy Hughes Associates - Professional Moving Organizer - San Francisco, CA

I've never heard of people salting fruit like that... I'll have to try it out!

Jun 01, 2011 12:23 PM #3
J. A. Michail
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

Heck, I once knew a lady who wore shoes on her head . . . you just keep doing whatever makes you feel happy and to heck with what everyone else says! ;-)

Jun 01, 2011 12:33 PM #4
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Debbie, I'm originally from Kansas, but grew up in Wisconsin. My family always put a little salt on fruits like that. My partner is from Indonesia and loves a product called "Bumbu Buah", especially on strawberries. Then there is a fruit seasoning salt called "Tajin" that is very popular in Mexico.

Jun 01, 2011 01:20 PM #5
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Debbie -- When I was a kid, I used to occasionally salt my apple slices. Don't know why.  I ate an apple every day and alternated between salt and cinnamon and sugar. Haven't done or thought about salting in years.  Haven't tried it on any other fruits. NOw you have me intrigued.

Jun 01, 2011 11:19 PM #6
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