Perla Nera (black pearl) watermelon

Water thieves on the loose! Low water levels, water restrictions, no rain, and this relentless heat is really taking its toll on those desperate for the precious liquid. I can see why a farmer would syphon water from a stream to irrigate crops, but to witness on the news that water lorries are going around stealing from fire hydrants?

Anywho, that whole H2O thing is just an introduction to what kind of hell we’ll all be going through next week when the temps get even hotter. To counter the torrid weather, we’ve been eating a lot of watermelon so I thought I’d do a post about watermelons and other melons that the supermarket has on offer, as long as it’s grown in Italy.

Here we have a variety of watermelon named Perla Nera. It weighs around 5 kilos (11 pounds), seedless, super sweet, crisp, and our preferred choice every summer. Priced around 1.50€/kilo, Black Pearls are a bit more expensive but they’re really worth the cost. If Mister Bentley could talk, he’d say just buy more. What are popular watermelon varieties in your area?

4 thoughts on “Perla Nera (black pearl) watermelon

    1. Rowena Post author

      Oh please do have a look on the varieties. I love the produce stalls/markets on the side of the road in France; curious about those in Portugal. On one trip over to Provence, my husband and I went mad and bought a dozen charentais to bring home. Melons for a solid couple of weeks!

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  1. kat

    Not sure of the names of varieties we have here but that perla nera looks similar to a pricey variety we have here. the fires in europe due to the heatwave look scary, please take care & stay safe!


    1. Rowena Post author

      Kat, I wouldn’t be surprised if perla nera was a variety originating from Japan! I’m noticing a trend here where new produce varieties have Japanese origins. And it doesn’t stop at fresh fruit; I can also get seeds from my favorite nursery store Ingegnoli. They’ve joined the Oishii Nippon Project and currently offer 8 types of Japanese veggie seeds.



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