Melon and Lemon Jam

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Dinahmite
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Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby Dinahmite » Sun May 01, 2011 3:58 pm

My Mother used to make this jam when were kids from the old Paddy Melons in the paddock and lemons (obviously) but I have never got around to making any.

I was just thinking about it the other day when I saw a neighbour with a nice crop of rather unwanted paddy melons and those little prickly ones too ... I'm sure I could swipe a couple of melons and I have some lemons on the tree as well but am not sure of quantities... and do I have it right?? those are the melons to use, arent they.

I'm sure someone still makes this yummy jam.

Thanks
Dinah

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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby minnie » Sun May 01, 2011 4:19 pm

Hi Dinah,

I think with the melons there are two that get referred to as Paddy Melons, one is poisonous to cattle, not sure about people and the other at times is also referred to as Jam Melon.

You can buy Jam Melon seeds and plant them...

We've got 'paddy melons' the small prickly one that I think is the poisonous one.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby Dinahmite » Mon May 02, 2011 11:32 am

Thanks Vicki..

Yes of course, jam melons, I remember now and the little priclkly ones were Paddy Melons. Because they are always considered a part of bad pasture management, they have pretty much died out these days. Occasionally you see them up the wheat belt but not so much in the South West now.
I also think the jam was referred to as Poor Mans Jam and was popular during the war years when there wasnt too much else to make jam from... but I just wanted to relive my childhood and make some. I know this will stir the memories of someone on here and they may just have a recipe.

Thats interesting about the seeds. I didnt know that.. Thanks.
I would get a laugh from my neighbours if I started growing those sort of Melons in my vegie patch wouldnt I. :lol:

Di

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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby minnie » Mon May 02, 2011 1:32 pm

Hi Di,

I've got the seeds, just need to plant them next season.

In the Digby Law Pickle and Chutney book there's a recipe for Ritz Chutney that sounds fantastic made with Jam Melons and he says the older it gets the better it gets. ;)

Vicki

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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby Mojojo » Tue May 03, 2011 9:46 am

Di I had noticed that Parkeys has Jam melons for sale the times I've been there! Look like a watermelon but more mottley whiter and green patches.

I saw recently on a gardening forum, people talking about growing watermelons and how much water they need. One fellow got on there and said they basically need no water, after all, he had just come back from WA and saw water melons growing wild by all of the roadsides and they got no water. :lol: I wish he'd stopped to try some of those 'watermelons' as no doubt, they were paddymelons.
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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby Dinahmite » Tue May 03, 2011 5:21 pm

Oh thats funny Jo.... :lol: No water... yeah right. Just ask the guy up by the Lawn Farm about his watermelons.... :?

I will go and see George or else I'll go and swipe some from the paddock at Irishtown... :P

I found a nice recipe on a site. http://www.oldaussierecipes.com
You want to go there and have a look, theres some great stuff there. You know you are getting old when you have to go to "old" sites to find stuff you had as a kid :D

Melon and Lemon Jam

Ingredients

6 lb. jam melon

4 1/2 lb sugar

1 1/2 pints water

6 lemons

Method

Peel, seed and cut melon into blocks; weigh and put into a bowl, add half the sugar and the water and allow to stand overnight, simmer till melon is soft (about 2 hours), add balance of sugar and when dissolved boil rapidly till a good colour and consistency are obtained, lemon juice and grated rind should be added when the melon is soft. Pour into hot jars and seal.

NOTE: A medium-sized pineapple, 6 oz. of preserved or whole ginger and a cup of passionfruit pulp may be added instead of the lemons.



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Di

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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby minnie » Wed May 04, 2011 1:15 pm

I thought I had Gramma growing but it's looking more like a sort of water melon, could I have put in a couple of Jam Melon seeds by mistake at Hogarth, the seedlings came here with me???

Oh dear, goodness knows what I have but I guess all will become clear, or I hope so.
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Re: Melon and Lemon Jam

Postby Shadowgirlau » Thu May 12, 2011 8:56 am

Well I was just catching up after being away for over a week and see that someone has posted the recipe for you Di. Good luck with the melon jam.

I have seeds saved from my pie melon (jam melons) in the past and must remember to sow them next season myself.
Just remember Di that jam (pie) melons need quite a long cook time. Have fun

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