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Do you know all kinds of Portuguese melons? – Observer



Do you know all kinds of Portuguese melons?  – Observer

Compal is responsible for this article.

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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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