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Do you know all kinds of Portuguese melons? – Observer



Do you know all kinds of Portuguese melons?  – Observer

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It is one of the kings of summer in Portugal. Who hasn’t ended their summer meal with a slice of fresh sweet melon from the fridge? Or even who has never started a meal with the mythical melon and ham appetizer? When it’s about feeding beach day or a family picnic, there it is, whole cut into pieces or already diced in boxes. No one can resist this, but what is the secret of melon, this fruit that is so adored and grown in Portugal?

One of the great benefits of melon summer fruits is its high water content – in hot weather, when dehydration can occur more easily, water consumption in any form is welcome. Melon is also a fruit that is low in energy and rich in fiber, which helps you feel full without adding too many calories to your meal. Among the vitamins included in its composition, we highlight vitamin C, known for its antioxidant effect and role in the immune system, and vitamin A, which is important for skin and vision health.

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Aside from the nutritional considerations, it helps that it is during the hot season that the melon is at the optimum point for picking and eating—incredibly sweet and juicy, melting into juice with every bite. The ideal time is from June to September, in exceptional years until October. It is very important to observe the time of its maturation in order to get the best taste. It was one of the reasons we launched fresh compal now and not before. It is only now that the melon from which this juice is made has reached perfect ripeness, and therefore in every bottle we have the unmistakable taste of the sweetest Portuguese melon.

It is the national melon that we are talking about when we talk about Compal Fresco Melão, juice without added water or any sweeteners, for a simple reason: Portuguese producers grow some of the most interesting varieties of this fruit, growing on a herbaceous and trailing plant. Here are some of the melon varieties that grow in Portugal:

Oak melon bark – Unlike others, the skin of the oak bark is not smooth. It is rough and abrasive, which testifies to its special personality, which also manifests itself in the pulp. It is not as sweet as, for example, Branco do Ribatejo, and has a special characteristic – a certain sharpness in the mouth, which is due to the production of carbon dioxide.

This flatulence (in an exaggerated form) is actually the cause of a curious phenomenon: some melons burst at or before harvest time. When the explosion occurs before the highest point of ripening, it is a loss for the farmer; but when it occurs at harvest time, it is the mark of an ideal oak bark melon.

Casca de Carvalho is traditionally Portuguese, but it is not a stabilized variety of melon, meaning that there are variations or subspecies, as is the case with the Vilariça melon, which gives salmon-pink flesh to a green and rough skin.

Almeirim Melon – When you eat melon in one of the major national cities, it is likely that you are eating melon produced in Ribatejo, a large region of production of this fruit, where this variety grows like nowhere else. Among the varieties produced in Ribatejo, the Almeirim melon is a locally improved variety with a green and very rough skin, but with some interesting details. For example, the sun can damage this melon to the point of losing commercial value, and to avoid this, farmers cover the melon with straw.

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yellow melon – And the so-called “guard melon” can be a salvation for those who live by cravings for this fruit, even in hot weather. This is a late variety, which means it can be stored until December and can be eaten at Christmas! The area of ​​Amareleha is ideal for growing melons because the ideal time for the fruits to ripen is hot. Its skin is yellow, almost white, smooth or not very wrinkled, and the heat in which it grows gives its flesh a delightful sweetness. The ideal time to harvest is determined by the change in skin color to white and a certain elasticity of the skin near the stalk, the “stem” where the melon grows.

Campo Mayor Melon or Elvas – It has a smooth green skin and yellowish or whitish flesh. It hangs in a kind of straw bag in a cool and dark place, and in this way its fresh and delicate fragrance can last until Christmas, when it is highly prized in this region. It is in fact the prized fruit of the families in the area, who for many years derived a significant portion of their income from growing melons.

It is clear that with such fragrant, sweet, refreshing and even beautiful varieties, the Iberian Peninsula was one of the great centers of diversity for melons after they originated in Central Africa. The Arabs brought it here: in the Middle Ages, Portugal and Spain became the only consumers (and producers) of melon in Europe. A good food habit of the Portuguese, which has been preserved to this day.

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September, Holiday Month for the Deaf – Portuguese (Brazil)



Mutirão Opens To Negotiation Of Individuals' Overdue Debts - Português (Brazil)

September is a very important and visible month for deaf people, with three dates that raise awareness and celebrate achievements that are part of the entire community’s trajectory and struggle. These are: – International Sign Language Day, September 23; – Day of the Deaf, 26 September; and Libra National Interpreter and Translator Day on September 30th. With a focus on the deaf community, the Department of Education is promoting several initiatives in this area.

The first is aimed at changing the scenario of educational and language policy based only on the inclusive perspective of including a deaf student in the school environment without guaranteeing procedures that enhance accessibility in his education. The National Guidelines for Bilingual Education for the Deaf integrate all stages of basic education and are based on the promotion of bilingual curricula and pedagogical practices for the deaf: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and written Portuguese.

Through the Department of Special Education, the MEC coordinates with interested municipalities the construction, renovation or expansion of bilingual schools for the deaf. To date, 11 locations in Brazil have shown interest in the project. To complement this phase, the Libras National Textbook Program (PNLD) provides accessible formats to deaf students and public school teachers of basic education in the country.

In the academic world, in partnership with universities, advanced training courses are offered for teachers, managers and professionals who want to work with bilingual education for the deaf. Thanks to the projects of various institutions, there are currently 3,520 vacancies for teaching the deaf.

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On the Internet, Canal Libras is a space for communication and content distribution with a focus on the national educational network, from early childhood education to higher education.


Another important date: The National Institute for Education for the Deaf (Ines) turns 165 on the same Libra and the Deaf Day, September 26th. Within the structure of the Ministry of Education, the Institute stands out as a national reference in the field of deafness, necessary to support the formulation of public policies, and then for their implementation in the field. The Institute works to promote education for deaf children, youth and adults.

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again



Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again

The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.

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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.

According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.

“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.

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Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.

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Marseille in California. ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″



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“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.

“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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